Know Plan Prepare, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, DPH, Emergency Plan

 August 31 2015

Board of Health Encourages Emergency Preparedness


Burlington officials are encouraging residents to take steps to be ready for an emergency. 


The Burlington Board of Health said in a statement it is joining the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in promoting emergency preparedness as part of the “Know Plan Prepare” campaign during National Preparedness Month this September.   


“Know Plan Prepare” is a statewide campaign to encourage Bay State residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats and disasters, a release states. 


“Every step that we take to prepare ourselves and our families for emergencies makes our community stronger and more resilient when the unexpected happens,” said Susan Lumenello, Director of Public Health. “Now’s the time to be informed, plan ahead, and get prepared.”


Here are some ideas to help you be prepared or to help in the recovery process:


  • • Check out the “Know Plan Prepare” webpage at where you can find more information about individual and family preparedness and emergency planning for the whole community. The “Know Plan Prepare” campaign features online videos and resources developed by DPH. 

  • • Sign up for the Town of Burlington Connect5 Emergency Alert System.  Connect5 sends messages and alerts through calls to landlines and mobile phones; the system can also send alerts through text messages and email.  You can and add your preferred mobile number and email address by visiting


  • • Join the Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps (MRC) (BVRC).   Medical and non-medical professionals such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists, mental health professionals, office administrators or anyone with a sense of volunteerism can fill a vital role in the BVRC.  BVRC volunteers assist the health department with public health initiatives in the community such as staffing public influenza clinics and temporary shelter operations, assisting with distributing disease prevention/health education messages, staffing household hazardous waste collection events, and by performing various administrative tasks.  BVRC members also participate in annual public health emergency preparedness exercises, quarterly meetings, and training events. 


To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to obtain additional assistance, please contact the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or by email at 

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