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Public Health & Safety

Seniors are more vulnerable to climate threats like extreme heat, especially if they live alone.  In Beverly, 33% seniors live alone, and in Salem, 38%.

View the Public Health & Safety fact sheet.

Resilience Strategies

Strong Foundation

A stronger, healthier, and more inclusive and connected community can address challenges together. Resilience in public health and safety can include:

  • Overall quality of public health and well-being, particularly for vulnerable populations
  • Minimizing the impact of hazards such as flooding, storms, and extreme temperature
  • Equitable access to healthy local foods and wellness resources


Resilience Strategies

Mass in Motion

Mass in Motion Salem, works locally to increase opportunities for Salem residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play.  Mass in Motion Salem is working to implement Safe Routes to Schools and Parks, expanded farmers markets access, and school garden initiatives that will make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents of Salem.  

Resilience Strategies

Combatting Vulnerabilities

Seniors and individuals with respiratory and other health issues are more vulnerable to climate change impacts like extreme heat and storms.  To combat these vulnerabilities, the Cities are considering strategies like:

  • Pilot a “Resilient Neighborhoods” program, including “block captains” who help keep community members safe during and after an extreme event or disaster.
  • Assess needs for elder care improvements and accessibility.
  • Reduce structural barriers to mental health treatment.


How You Can Help

Be Part of the Solution

Sign up for Beverly's Emergency Alert System
Sign up for Salem's Emergency Alert System
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