The Boston area is no stranger to natural disasters. The city and surrounding areas fall victim to hurricanes, blizzards, tropical storms, tornadoes floods, extreme heat and cold, nor’easters, wildfires, and even the occasional earthquake. Knowing what to do in case of an emergency is always a wise decision. Be prepared by knowing first aid, having a survival kit on hand and becoming familiar with your town’s evacuation plan. Check out these local resources to help you prepare for that unexpected emergency.
Everett (credit: Barbara OBrien)

Everett (credit: Barbara OBrien)

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 820-2000

Whether you are preparing for a coming blizzard or a widespread power outage, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is geared toward preparing for and responding to natural disasters. MEMA can help you and your family devise an evacuation plan, put together a disaster supply kit and come up with an emergency communications plan. Because Boston is located within 50 miles of two nuclear power plants, MEMA is also ready for the possibility of a radiological emergency. Do not underestimate the power of nature; learn from MEMA how to prepare for floods, drought, hurricanes, storms, power outages and extreme temperatures.

DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
785 Albany St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 343-1370

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness offers programs and classes that provide training and exercises for dealing with hazards and disasters. While some of the classes offered are targeted toward first responders, other programs are available for the community. With programs such as “Pathways to Preparedness: How to Prepare Your Household for an Emergency” and “Beyond National Preparedness Month,” the DelValle Institute can help you and your family get ready for any emergency. These classes teach basic preparedness, as well as making a solid plan, building a survival kit and getting involved in the procedures. The institute even breaks down preparedness for children, pets, seniors, disabled persons and those with medical needs.

This scene in Scituate comes from Justin Reidy.

This scene in Scituate comes from Justin Reidy.

Code Red First Aid and Safety
22 Elizabeth Road
Billerica, MA 01821
(978) 671-0130

Code Red First Aid and Safety provides first aid and safety supplies, as well as classes for CPR, first aid, Chokesaver, AED and evacuation procedures. With items for purchase such as first aid kits, biosafety and spill kits, trauma kits and burn treatments, you will be well prepared for any coming disaster. The Code Red organization also offers classes on CPR, first aid, AED, pediatric first aid, basic life support and bloodborne pathogens. Choose from either the classroom setting or take online classes in the comfort of your own home.

A tornado approaches Monson, Mass. in June of 2011. (File Image courtesy: David Bradway)

A tornado approaches Monson, Mass. in June of 2011. (File Image courtesy: David Bradway)

Carpathia Group, Inc.
6 Brigham St.
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 719-1669

Carpathia Group, Inc. helps individuals plan for an emergency. The agency works with you and your family to come up with a customized solution for possible disasters. By determining an individual’s personal risk factor for natural disaster, Carpathia Group, Inc. can put together a plan using exercises based on risk analysis. Practicing an emergency plan before you need one will help you implement the plan when it is actually needed.

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Hilton’s Tent City
272 Friend St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-9242

Once you know what needs to go into your emergency kit, you’ll need to actually go out and purchase those items. At Hilton’s, you will find items such as tents, boots, knives, water bags, lanterns and backpacks. Whether you need emergency items for a blizzard or hurricane, Hilton’s Tent City has them. The store offers first aid kits, flashlights, ponchos, snow boots and much more. There’s a bargain basement featuring below-retail prices where you can probably find a number of the items you’re looking for.

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Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at