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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.

Welcome to Emergency Preparedness!
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What would you do if there were no water, gas, electricity or telephones?

Imagine roads impassible, no stores open, no food or supplies available.

Could you survive at home for a few days?

If you and household members (and pets) had to leave immediately, what would you take with you?

Could you locate family and friends if you were not together when disaster struck?

Are you a business owner/employer? Do you have a plan for employees and customers?
Emergency Preparedness
Extreme Heat Safety Tips
Extreme heat is generally defined as a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. In Massachusetts, a “heat wave” is usually defined as a period of three or more consecutive days above 90 °F.

Heat Safety Tips link.


 Fires, road closures, gas leaks. How will you find out about citywide emergencies and disasters?

Your safety is our top concern. Early warning helps save lives and property. That’s why the Town of Watertown wants to make sure you know about emergencies and disasters as they happen.

Watertown will use WatertownAlert through the Everbridge SmartGIS System to let you know about issues that may affect your safety.

WatertownAlert will allow the Town of Watertown to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you find out about an emergency right away.  

Receive important messages from the Town on your phone, email, and more.

WatertownAlert can deliver messages to you any way you want—on your home phone, cell phone, email, and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency. We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important City-related events, such as meetings, parade closures, or street cleaning changes.

How does it work?

The process begins when the Town issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

Your help is critical.

The success of this service relies on YOU. Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please update your contact information as soon as possible. Updating is easy and only takes a few minutes, CLICK HERE to sign up.  Thank you in advance for you cooperation and participation in this important program.


The Watertown Emergency Management Team

There's Lots You Can Do!
Planning ahead is simple and inexpensive. What You Can Do gives you the tools you need.

What Watertown Is Doing outlines the Town's emergency preparedness efforts.

Want to help out if disaster strikes? Getting Involved lists volunteer opportunities

Learning More gives you the bigger picture and more resources.

What if it really happens? In An Emergency tells you more.