Personal and Family Preparedness

Having an emergency plan before a disaster strikes can help you recover faster.  Disasters are often unpredictable, so making a plan now can help you prepare, and relieve the stress a disaster might entail.  The Brookline Department of Public Health is encouraging all Brookline residents to have a plan in place, prior to an emergency, to ensure that you and your family have an updated communication plan and adequate emergency supplies for your home.

Creating an Emergency Plan

Creating and regularly reviewing your emergency plan will help you understand what to do, who to call, and where to go in an emergency. Make sure in your plan you include:

  • Communication Plan
    • Make sure you know who to contact in an emergency; write down their numbers in case your phone stops working
    • Set up meeting points with friends or family, and practice regularly
  • Go Kits
    • Keep supplies in your go kit that you will need in an emergency, like special foods or medications
    • Make sure you have a copy of important documents
  • Pet Preparedness
  • Shelter in Place
    • Sometimes during a snow emergency, or another emergency, it may be unsafe to leave your house for an extended period of time. In case this happens, make sure your house has enough food and water for everyone. Keep electronics charged and have food that you can prepare in the event of a power outage.

View the Emergency Preparedness Brochure (PDF) or check out the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Survival Kit for additional and useful information.

Emergency Preparedness Program

The Brookline Health Department has developed an Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home educational program that has been presented in conjunction with the Brookline Police Department to more than 40 organizations in Brookline. If you are interested in learning more about this free, interactive emergency preparedness program, please email Cheryl Anne Snyder or call 617-730-2656.