Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts – Local Board of Health Role

Training Overview

The Simeon Institute defines the word emergency as “an extraordinary situation in which people are unable to meet their basic survival needs, or there are serious and immediate threats to human life and well-being.” An emergency may arise as a result of a disaster, a cumulative process of neglect or environmental degradation, or when a disaster threatens and emergency measures are taken to prevent or limit the effects of the impact. Due to their scale, timing, and unpredictability, emergencies have the potential to overwhelm routine capabilities. This training will provide information on the roles and responsibilities of local boards of health (LBOH) before, during, and after emergencies in Massachusetts.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain the four phases of the emergency management cycle
  • Summarize the five preparedness mission areas of the National Planning Frameworks and the 15 public health preparedness capabilities
  • Outline how emergencies are handled in Massachusetts
  • Describe six LBOH emergency preparedness functions
  • List the four domains of the public health preparedness and response core competency model

Subject Matter Experts

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Kathleen MacVarish
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    Boston University School of Public Health


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP20150 “Public Health Training Center”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.