- Even if you find yourself angry because of the outcome of the election, there is no value to taking that anger out on your neighbors, your hometown, or the businesses that provide the economic backbone to your community. Violence and looting are not the answer, they are only a furtherance of the systemic problems.
- Law enforcement nationwide is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Regardless of the outlying cases that have strained police-community relations, remember that your police departments are ultimately there to serve and protect your community. There are thousands and thousands of good men and women behind those badges who will remember their oaths and will protect the integrity of their profession and the people they are sworn to serve.
- After the attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, our state, indeed, our nation rallied around the “Boston Strong” mantra, which has become emblazoned in our psyche to personify our people’s resilience and unity. But Boston Strong was never about government providing that strength, it was about the people, the community, and the hearts of our neighbors that unified a movement and electrified an indomitable spirit. Regardless of what this election season yields, certainly here in the Bay State, we can remain Boston Strong and united in our community tenacity.
As is always the case in emergency management, we encourage everyone to prepare for the worst but to hope for the best. Try not to dramatically change your own behavior in the coming days. Continue to watch over your loved ones and your neighbors. Prepare for an unsettling landscape, much as you would for a major storm. And above all, maintain community-based conversations – within your home, your neighborhood, your city or town, and with friends and colleagues. Our country needs your calm, your resilience, and your strength.