City of Lynn

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
  Richard Downey 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 Nicholson's Facebook page 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

Weather Advisories

There Are No Advisories At This Time.

Please sign up for the City of Lynn RAVE Mobile Safety Alerts here to receive emergency notifications.

Please visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for safety tips during extreme heat.

Follow this page and the postings below for further updates during this heat emergency.


Preparedness and Safety Information
• Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips:
• Extreme Heat Safety Tips:
• Tornado Safety Tips:

Stay Informed
Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. Learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone.

MEMA’s Real-time Power Outage Viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times:

MEMA’s Live Weather Radar and Forecasting Tools:

Online Resources

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
MEMA's Facebook Page
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service/Taunton
National Weather Service/Albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center


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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!

Download This Notice | PDF Format

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

Our New RAVE Mobile Safety Smart911 System
Sign Up Below!

Sign up for the RAVE Mobile safety system to receive emergency alerts relative to the city of Lynn at

Plan Ahead For Any Emergency
Once you've signed up for Smart911, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help Police, Fire, and EMS locate and help you in an emergency.

Always Be Notified
Alerts powered by Smart911 help inform you of weather, traffic, and other emergencies in your community. Receive alerts from state and local authorities across the country, even in locations where Smart911 is not yet available in the 9-1-1 center.

Your Security Is A Top Priority
Information you provide is kept in our secure facilities and only made available to 9-1-1 call takers and responders if you call 9-1-1.

Your data is protected by industry leading security with Smart911.

You Decide What to Include
Provide as much or as little information as you want. Smart911 only asks for information that is relevant to aid emergency response.

Only Seen If You Call 9-1-1
Your information is only available to 9-1-1 call takers and first responders if you have an emergency and need to call 9-1-1.

Industry Leading Security
Your information is housed in top-tier secure facilities complete with 24/7 physical security, video surveillance, and alarms. The facilities and applications are regularly audited and subjected to intrusion prevention testing. We utilize the same secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate authority and encryption technologies used by leading financial institutions.

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.

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Hazard Migration Plan Update | 2016 Update
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