National Emergency Preparedness Month 2016

Emergency Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done to make sure our communities are safe, healthy, and ready for public health emergencies and/or disasters.

The theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is the continuing theme from 2015.  Often families are not with their loved ones when catastrophe strikes, so having up-to-date contact information for those you need to get in touch with during a public health emergency and/or disaster is critical.  It is also possible to collect names and addresses of your neighbors and talking to them one by one so that if something should happen you can call different neighbors and ask what can you do or how can you help.

Ask about plans at the places where family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent.  If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one.  You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.

Over 60 percent of Americans say preparation for natural or man-made disasters is very important to them, however, only a staggering 17 percent of Americans claim to be prepared for an emergency situation, according to a new survey commissioned by the Ad Council.

Disasters can have a major impact on the workplace, both for the people who work there, and to workplace operations.  After a disaster, workplaces cannot recover without their people and people cannot recover without a job to go back to.

Organizations can have tremendous influence on their personnel when it comes to preparing for a disaster.  When employers encourage employees to be prepared for disasters, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action.  And with more than 63 percent of the US population aged 16 or older in the labor force, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for disasters, which includes being fully age-appropriate immunized – flu, pneumonia, HPV, MMR, etc.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said, “Unfortunately, as we have dealt with here in our own Springfield, it is better to be prepared and forewarned, than not. I commend Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Emergency Preparedness Director Bob Hassett, all our brave and dedicated police, firefighters, first responders and associated city departments for always being there in our time of need.”

“Emergencies can happen at any time,” said Helen Caulton-Harris, Springfield Health Commissioner.  “Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family and your community makes the entire community more resilient and better able to respond to emergency events.”  All residents, Don’t Wait. CommunicateMake Your Emergency Plan Today.

For further information contact:

                                    Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

                                    Tony L. Pettaway

                                    (413) 750-2696


                                    National Weather Services






As of January 1, 2015 the Clerk's Office no longer sells Birth Verification ($5.00 Short Form) Birth Certificates.

The Springfield City Clerk's Office has stop selling Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Sporting, Archery and Wildlife licenses.



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City Clerk's Office

About the City Clerk's Office

The council elects the City Clerk. The Clerk's office processes zoning ordinances, special permits, financial transfers, and ordinances, collects fines for non-criminal violations of certain ordinances, and records births, deaths, and marriages. Notices of meetings of public boards and commissions are filed with the city clerk and posted on a bulletin board in the main lobby of City Hall. The clerk's office maintains files of business certificates, uniform commercial code filings, city contracts, and state tax liens. Licenses for marriages, raffles,  solicitation permits, dog licenses, and yearly auto stickers for entrance to Forest Park, Blunt Park, and Five Mile Pond may be obtained at the clerk's office.   Municipal records, some going back to the founding of Springfield, are maintained by the clerk and are available for research purposes. Visitors to City Hall may receive parking validation for municipal lots at the clerk's office.

Meetings and Agendas

City Council Meetings - View the schedule, agendas, and vote results, documents and video for City Council meetings 2013 to present. Meeting notices are also posted to the city calendar.

Agendas and vote results for meetings 2007-2012 are archived separately.  

Open Meetings

In the State of Massachusetts, M.G.L. Chapter 39, Section 23B states all governmental bodies must have meetings that are open to the public and readily available to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law applies to governmental entities at the state and local levels.  In general the Law requires that meetings of such entities be open to the public, that notice of such meetings be publicly posted and that accurate records of the meeting be kept and made available to the public.

The City of Springfield provides access to meetings online in a variety of ways.  First, by listing on our Municipal Calendar the scheduled meetings that will be taking place today along with those that will be taking place in the near future.  Regularly scheduled meetings are held in Springfield by the City Council, Standing Committees and Boards & Commissions.  Meetings of the City Council are televised live on Springfield's Government Channel 17.  Additionally, agendas and minutes for the meetings as well as supporting documentation for agenda items are posted for public review.

The City of Springfield has a strong commitment to keeping everyone engaged in local government.

View the Municipal Calendar for meeting agendas and notes >>

Information of the Open Meeting Law from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office >>



As of January 1, 2015 the Clerk's Office no longer sells Birth Verification ($5.00 Short Form) Birth Certificates.

The Springfield City Clerk's Office has stop selling Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Sporting, Archery and Wildlife licenses.



2016 CPHB Reports

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