Emergency Management

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Harwich Emergency Management provides an effective and orderly governmental control and coordination of emergency operations within the scope of Massachusetts Statutes.

  • Develops and maintains Harwich’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan providing emergency management planning for the entire Town.
  • Coordinates emergency management activities, services, training and programs within the Town.
  • Serves as a liaison to Massachusetts Emergency Management and other local emergency management agencies and organizations.
  • Serves as a liaison and the coordinator of all Harwich requests for State and Federal assistance during pre and post-disaster operation.


Harwich Emergency Management is staffed by a Director, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who receives a stipend from the Town.

All other members of the staff are town employees who donate their time during an emergency.

Emergency Management also has a large number of volunteers who are used during the year to provide assistance where needed.


Disaster strikes anytime and anywhere, It takes many forms- a hurricane, a blizzard, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or it hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences. Often Harwich residents become affected by these events.