Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a function in the Lynn Fire Department and is responsible for managing the emergency management program for the City of Lynn.  This includes planning and coordination of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to any natural or man-made hazard that may impact the City of Lynn.

During a large-scale emergency, OEM advises the Mayor and coordinates the response and recovery efforts of City departments and agencies as well as private organizations and volunteer groups.

List Contact Info
  Paul A. Ricchi Director  

Lynn Fire Department
725 Western Ave.
Lynn MA, 01902

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

(781) 389-2447
You should dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency situation

Emergency Preparedness and Planning

Do you know what to do in an emergency?  From having family supplies such as water, food, batteries, first aid kit, medications, can opener, etc. to having a plan (link to, there are steps you can take to be prepared.  

In the event of an emergency, City of Lynn updates and shelter information will be issued through the City of Lynn website at  

You can also get City of Lynn updates by connecting through Mayor McGee's Facebook page and the Lynn City Hall Twitter page.

Massachusetts has established a non-emergency help and information line that you can call by dialing 2-1-1.

To learn more about how you and your family can prepare, visit these sites:

Web Other Resources
  City of Lynn Emergency Planning Committee
  Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  EPA Emergency Response Website
  US Department of Homeland Security Website

Announcements | Archive

March 31, 2018 is National Stop the Bleed Day

The goal of this nationwide campaign, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons, is to highlight the importance of Stop The Bleed training and to help those interested in finding a course in their area.

It takes only a few minutes to die from major uncontrolled arterial hemorrhage. The skills to treat such injuries are taught in the Bleeding Control (BCON) course and can be easily be mastered by the anyone interested in intervening to save a life.

The Lynn Office of Emergency Management has provided this training to multiple organizations in the City of Lynn over the past year. Please take advantage of this free training for your organization or group by contacting the Lynn Office of Emergency Management.

Please refer to the Bleeding Control Website for further information.

Mosquito Control Spraying | July 20, 2017
Northeast Mosquito Control will be performing routine mosquito spraying in the City of Lynn as complaints come in from the general public for nuisance mosquitos. Mosquito spraying is done after sunset and is not done in the rain.

Read Complete Details Here

Hurricane Preparedness Week Governor Baker | July 16th -22nd, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 16-22, 2017 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to underscore the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes and the importance of preparing for the impacts that hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the state’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure.

“It is never too early to start preparing yourself, family, home and business for a tropical storm or hurricane,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As we enter into hurricane season, major storms can occur at any time, and making emergency and evacuation plans now can minimize damage and the impact on public safety.”

Visit Our Hurricane Safety Page For More

Water Level Update | June 2017
MEMA has declared an end to drought status conditions that were experienced in 2016. Water levels are in normal status throughout the Commonwealth and drought conditions no longer exist. Lynn’s water capacity is currently well above the normal operation levels of 65%. The public should continue to monitor indoor and outdoor water usage and practice water conservation measures.

Reference Information
A drought warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, indicates over six consecutive months of groundwater and stream flow levels being below normal, and larger reservoirs at below normal levels. This initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning regions are currently experiencing precipitation levels below normal for six out of seven consecutive months. The declaration of a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies.



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 The City of Lynn is seeking individuals who are interested in joining a Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  A CERT/MRC is made up of volunteers who assist in preparing for and responding to local disasters. The CERT/MRC may also be called upon to help during the year with routine events (e.g. Annual Flu Clinic, Health Fair, or Community Outreach). 

 We are seeking the following volunteers:

  1. Medical, Public, and Mental Health Professionals: doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians, counselors, social workers, psychologists, veterinarians, epidemiologists, EMT’s, etc.
  2. Volunteer Coordinators: People who are interested in organizing meetings and developing and maintaining the Medical Reserve volunteers.
  3. Logistical Support: Assistance in setting up Disaster Shelters or Emergency Dispensing Sites
  4. Clerical Support: greeters, registrars, general administrative help
  5. Security: traffic flow, parking, etc.
  6. Transportation: to help people get to our dispensing sites.
  7. Child Care: for our other volunteers

 Benefits of volunteering for Lynn CERT/MRC:

  1. Serve your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones in your town and beyond
  2. Be part of a team trained to provide medical, public, and mental health support during an emergency
  3. Network with other CERT/MRC volunteers as part of a critically important and specialized team
  4. Participate in initiatives that strengthen public health such as vaccination and health education programs
  5. CERT/MRC volunteers could be part of a team mobilized during national emergencies
  6. Free training and continuing education credits – learn about:
    • Personal safety in emergency situations
    • Shelter Operations
    • Emergency management
    • Emergency Dispensing Site Operations
    • Become familiar with existing local emergency plans, procedures, and facilities

To sign up go to: or contact Liisa Jackson:

Also Check Our MAResponds FaceBook page and follow us on Twitter!

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Stay Alert and Stay Informed

State MEMA's "Be Prepared" Homepage

MEMA's Press Release Website

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages all residents of the Commonwealth to use their cellphones to receive emergency alerts and warnings about imminent severe weather and other threatening situations. 

Using the emergency alerting capabilities of your cellphone to be informed during emergencies is an important component of emergency preparedness.  Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle of the night.

Wireless Emergency Alerts – Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short text-like messages sent to cellphones in an affected area. WEAs are generated automatically when the National Weather Service issues warnings for the most severe weather conditions, including tornados, flash floods, and hurricanes. WEAs also are issued for other types of emergencies, including AMBER alerts.  In Massachusetts, MEMA has the ability to issue WEAs for all types of imminent threats and hazards. You do not need to subscribe to any service to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts; the alerts are sent to all WEA-enabled devices in an impacted or threatened area, and most newer cell phones are automatically enabled to receive WEAs. MEMA encourages residents to check their cellphone settings to ensure that WEAs are enabled to be able to receive emergency alerts.

Massachusetts Mobile App Alerts
The Massachusetts Alerts app provides weather warnings from the National Weather Service and emergency alerts and information from MEMA based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the preferences you select. The free Massachusetts Alerts app is available for Android and iPhone devices.
For Apple iPhones Go to Settings > Notifications
Scroll to the bottom in the “Government Alerts” section and make sure that “AMBER Alerts” and “Emergency Alerts” are turned on.
For Android Phones Go to Messages > Settings OR you may have an “Emergency Alerts” icon
  Go to the “Emergency Alerts” section and make sure that “Extreme Alert”, “Severe Alert” and “AMBER Alerts” are turned on.
For other cell phone models or for technical information, contact your cell phone carrier.
Click here see our FAQ and to learn more about Massachusetts Mobile Alerts

Additional Resources

Be Informed Visit The MEMA Website for more alerting and information tools

Rapid Notify Emergency Management Alert Notification System
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Rapid Notify Overview: The Rapid Notify System can be used to warn you of possible hazards that could affect your health and safety. An alert could be sent in the event of a major emergency such as a Large Fire, Chemical Spill, Contaminated Water, Evacuation Notice, Severe Weather Conditions, Missing Person Alert, or Police Activity. 

If you wish to add your cell phone number or other contact information to our database, please scroll down on this page for the sign up form. Your information will be secure and will not be shared with anyone.

*The SMS field must be filled out with a cell phone number to receive text message alerts.

Sign Up Here!

Frequently Asked Questions?

What is Rapid Notify? The Rapid Notify System is a software application used to send emergency alert notifications and updates to large groups of people. The system is capable of simultaneously sending an alert to thousands of people over communications platforms such as email, telephone, cell phone, SMS text message, pager and PDA. Mass notification systems are typically used to issue voice or text messages alerting response personnel to the presence of an emergency as well as instructing residents of specific areas on how best to reduce their risk of harm in potentially life threatening situations.

When is the system used? The Rapid Notify System can be used to warn you of possible hazards that could affect your health and safety. An alert could be sent in the event of a major emergency such as: Large Fire, Chemical Spill, Contaminated Water, Evacuation Notice, Severe Weather Conditions, Missing Person Alert or Police Activity

How did you get my number? Contacts in the Rapid Notify system are completely confidential and have been obtained from the emergency services database of listed telephone numbers.

What should I do when I am called? When you receive an automated phone call from the Rapid Notify system, please listen carefully to the message. You will be informed as to the nature of the situation, and be given instructions on how to protect yourself. The message could possibly ask you to stay indoors until further notice or to evacuate the area immediately.

What if I miss the call? If you do not answer your phone, the system will attempt to reach you with an additional call. The system will leave a message on your answering machine if it picks up the call. If there has been no answer after three phone calls, your information will be recorded and delivered to the authorities for a possible follow-up or in-person alert, depending on the severity of the situation.

What if my number is unlisted? If you wish to add your cell phone number or other contact information to our database, please visit and follow the instructions for registration. Your information will be secure and will not be shared with anyone.

How do you know whom to call? In the event of an emergency, local Police, Fire, EMS, Health or City Officials will indicate the physical area(s) to be notified and the Rapid Notify system will attempt to contact persons who reside in those locations.

Is the system secure? The Rapid Notify system can only be accessed by authorized personnel, and all data is protected by state-of-the-art security protocols.

What can I do? Be prepared for emergencies. Create a family emergency plan. Have an emergency supply kit readily available at home, at work, and in your car. Plan for the types of emergencies or disasters that can happen in the area where you live.

City of Lynn Hazard Migration Plan | 2016 Update
Final Plan Update Adopted June 2016

Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events. In the communities of the Boston region of Massachusetts, hazard mitigation planning tends to focus most on flooding, the most likely natural hazard to impact these communities. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires all municipalities that wish to be eligible to receive FEMA funding for hazard mitigation grants, to adopt a local multi-hazard mitigation plan and update this plan in five year intervals.

Planning for the Lynn Hazard Mitigation Plan update was led by the Lynn Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, composed of staff from a number of different City Departments. This committee discussed where the impacts of natural hazards most affect the City, goals for addressing these impacts, and hazard mitigation measures that would benefit the City.

Public participation in this planning process is important for improving awareness of the potential impacts of natural hazards and to build support for the actions the City takes to mitigate them.

Please download and review this draft below.

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  Hazard Migration Plan Update | 2016 Update

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