Today is the last day of National Preparedness Month, which took place this September. All month, the Office of Public Health Preparedness spotlighted simple steps and tips to help you and your loved ones prepare in the event of an emergency. The new, long-term “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.” campaign encourages the whole community to work together to be more prepared. You can start doing your part to build a more resilient Boston by sharing this important information on Facebook and Twitter and taking the Pledge to Prepare.

This last blog post focuses on the “Take the Pledge” part of the campaign by highlighting how and why you should take the Pledge to Prepare. To learn more about National Preparedness Month and the “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.” campaign, visit our previous blog post.


Over the past month we’ve offered simple tips and tricks on how you can get ready, be safe, and stay healthy to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community during an emergency. Here are two things you can do now to help you think about what your next steps to prepare should be: take the Pledge to Prepare and check out the new interactive course, Community Preparedness Basics.

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Whether you’re just learning about preparedness for the first time or you’re a preparedness champion, there are always additional things you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies. Taking The Pledge takes about a minute and is your promise to take your next step towards preparedness. Click here to Take the Pledge now!

Take the Course: Community Preparedness Basics
Check out the new interactive course, Community Preparedness Basics, developed by the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. This free online course will help you think about everyday emergencies that can affect you, your loved ones and your community and is full of emergency preparedness tips.  You’ll learn about City of Boston programs that can help you and your loved ones to get ready, be safe, and stay healthy before, during, and after an emergency. For more information and to take the course, click here.

Preparing Year-Round
Although National Preparedness Month is coming to an end, this does not mean you should stop preparing! Make preparedness a part of your daily life. To continue staying up-to-date on the latest preparedness tips and tricks, be sure to keep checking!