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Emergency Preparedness

Public health plays a vital role in emergency preparedness. After major disasters, public health workers are often called upon to participate in a coordinated response and to protect residents from disease outbreaks and other hazards due to contaminated food and water, chemical releases, insect-borne diseases, and unmet medical needs.

In Cambridge, the health department and other first responders lead the city’s disaster preparedness efforts. The department is focused on health emergencies that could potentially harm many people, such as pandemic flu, foodborne illnesses, hazardous releases, natural disasters, and terrorism.

In addition to city preparedness activities, the Cambridge Public Health Department is a member of the state-funded Metro Regional Preparedness Coalition, which fosters regional health and medical readiness for emergency events in 60 communities, including Cambridge.

Updated on July 17, 2018 


If you have questions about public health emergency preparedness in Cambridge, please call 617-665-3816.

If this is an emergency, please call 911.


Cambridge Public Health Department
119 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-665-3800 (main)
617-665-3888 (fax)
617-643-0744 (TTY)

Hours: Monday-Friday:
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
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Derrick Neal
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