Prepare

Being prepared for an emergency on Cape Cod and the Islands presents a unique set of challenges. Use the information on this website to help prepare your home, business, school, pets and community as a whole.

Download and use the Massachusetts Alerts App to stay informed with warnings for any emergencies in your area. Be sure to create a custom emergency contact list for your family, business, or school. 

Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.    

Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.

Preparedness Steps:

Preparation is the key to success when recovering from an emergency. In order to prepare your home follow these three steps:

  1. Get a Kit – Gather the supplies you will need after a disaster.
  2. Make a Plan – Make sure everyone is on the same page.
  3. Be Informed – Know what you’re up against.

Prepare your School: A disaster can strike at any time, including when you or your loved ones are attending school. It important to prepare for this chain of events and have a plan to follow in order to keep everyone safe and accounted for.

Prepare your Pets: For many people, their pets are a part of their family. Plan ahead to make sure they never get left behind during a disaster.

Prepare your Business: According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. It is essential to have a business continuity plan in place so your business doesn’t become a casualty of disaster.

Radiation Preparedness: Cape Cod is located near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. There are numerous plans for any related emergency which can be reviewed here.

Hurricane Preparedness: Cape Cod is vulnerable to hurricanes making it vital to have a plan in place in order to stay safe during any event.  

Downloadable Preparedness Documents: