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Emergency Notification System
Baltimore County's Emergency Notification System (ENS) is designed to enhance emergency preparedness by notifying citizens and businesses of emergency situations that may require time-sensitive protective actions. The system sends a recorded message or email to Baltimore County homes and businesses, providing safety information or instructions. Since ENS went online in 2007, it has been used in Baltimore County for severe weather events, incidents involving hazardous materials, utility outage notifications and more. Learn how to receive these notifications.
Disaster Assistance Offered
Heavy Rains and Flooding: July 30, 2016
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans for Maryland businesses and residents affected by the heavy rains and flooding on July 30. The Maryland Disaster Declaration covers Howard County and other adjacent counties including Baltimore County.
SBA’s customer service representatives are available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete an application. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA).
The Center is located at Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, Maryland 21042. It is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.
May 10, 2017 is the deadline to return economic injury applications. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage was October 11.
Additional information about the disaster assistance loans is available in an online press release. A Fact Sheet for Disaster Loans that includes details about the loan requirements is also posted online.
Frost and Freeze: April 4 to 10, 2016
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Baltimore County and other Maryland counties as a result of the frost and freeze that occurred April 4 to 10, 2016. The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.
These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA). Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA's website. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or by sending an email to email@example.com. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155.
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than October 24.
Water and Power Outages
Power outages are a concern during any severe weather event. Every household should be prepared to get through several days without power. Review information on power and water outages, and take steps to ensure that you are prepared in the event of an outage.
Generators and Carbon Monoxide
Portable generators must never be used indoors or placed too close to the house; they generate deadly carbon monoxide gas. Improperly maintained wood stoves, furnaces and fireplaces are also a source of deadly carbon monoxide. Review our fact sheets on proper generator use and ways to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide buildup, including use of carbon monoxide alarms.
Baltimore County Snow Policies
Bookmark Baltimore County's "Winter Storm Center." It provides information that citizens need during snow or ice storms, including school and government closings, as well as information about snow removal.
Winter Storm Preparedness
Winters in the mid-Atlantic are notoriously unpredictable. It's not unusual for a blizzard or severe cold to follow on the heels of a warm spell. Emergency Management leaders stress that every household should prepare for severe winter weather, regardless of what the temperature is outside. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a good resource.
Flash Floods and Other Flooding
Flash floods are fairly common in Maryland. They are extremely dangerous, largely because they catch people unaware. They are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Review important precautions that should be taken before, during and after a flood.
Most flash flooding deaths occur when people attempt to drive through floodwaters; a foot of moving water can carry away a vehicle. "Turn around, don't drown," and learn more about avoiding disaster during a flash flood.
Ready? Set? Good!
Every household should be prepared to get through the first three days of a disaster. Your disaster preparedness kit should start with flashlights and batteries, a battery-operated radio and plenty of water. The Ready? Set? Good! campaign is a helpful resource in getting prepared for a disaster.
Few victims of apartment fires have renter's insurance. If you rent, your belongings are not covered unless you are covered by a renter's insurance policy. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Maryland Insurance Administration provide additional information.
Homeowner's policies do not include protection from flood damage. If you live in a flood-prone area, you need to purchase flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance Program provides coverage for homeowners who need it.
Plan For Your Pets
Pet owners need to prepare in advance where they will take their animals during an emergency. Make sure you prepare for your pets by having the right supplies and a plan for where you will take them during an evacuation. Many shelters do not accept animals.
Create An Emergency Plan
If a disaster struck the Baltimore region, it could be days before help arrives and basic services are restored. Would you and your family be ready? Baltimore County's Office of Emergency Management encourages every household to prepare to get along for 72 hours following an emergency. Learn more about how to prepare by having the right supplies and a plan.
The Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management can be reached by calling 410-887-5996 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.