Pittsfield Joins "Together We're Ready" Campaign to Encourage Individuals and Families to Plan Ahead for Emergencies

The city of Pittsfield joins the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in promoting emergency preparedness as part of the “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared” campaign during Emergency Preparedness Month.

“Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared” is a statewide campaign to encourage Bay State residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for severe weather, natural disasters or other emergency events. The campaign features local access television programming, online videos and resources and social media components developed by the DPH Emergency Preparedness Bureau, in partnership with state and local agencies.

“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 Gina Armstrong, Director of Public Health “Now’s the time to be informed, plan ahead, and get prepared.”

A special television production, “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared,” will be shown by the Pittsfield Government Channel  CityLink, Channel 18, throughout the month. The video can also be accessed by the public online through YouTube.com by searching “Together We’re Ready, Massachusetts Prepared”. This panel discussion on emergency preparedness will feature DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett; Alfred DeMaria Jr., MD, Medical Director; State Epidemiologist, Department of Public Health; Susan Wolf-Fordham, J.D., Project Manager, E.K. Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Amanda Stone RN, Public Health Nurse, Town of Mattapoisett; and Sarita Chung, MD, FAAP, Director, Disaster Preparedness, Division of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital.

Check out the “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared” web page at www.cityofpittsfield.org under “Current Events” in the Health Department section of the site where you can find more information about individual and family preparedness, volunteer opportunities, emergency planning for the whole community and tips for flu prevention. You can join the conversation, too, at #readyma.

For more information please contact Gina Armstrong at the Pittsfield Health Department, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Phone # is : 413-499-9411