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Social Media - Stay Informed

The Fire Department, Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management provide current information, including updates on breaking news, on Twitter and Facebook.

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Our Emergency Management Twitter account is www.twitter.com/BACOemergency. Followers receive updates during weather and other emergencies, emergency preparedness information and information about programs and events.

For Police and Fire news, follow www.twitter.com/BACOPoliceFire. Followers receive breaking news updates about significant crime and traffic incidents, multi-alarm fires, community emergencies and significant EMS calls and rescues. Information about departmental initiatives, policies and events also is distributed through Twitter.

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We also provide current information on Facebook, www.facebook.com/baltimorecountypoliceandfire.

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 and /or email to Baltimore County homes and businesses, providing safety information and/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.

Preparedness Information

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.

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.

Don't Drive Through Floodwaters: "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

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.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Learn how to stay prepared when a tornado threatens.

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. Follow these tips from Fire Captain Ross Cooke.

Renters Need Renter's Insurance

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.

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

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.

Contact Us

The director of the Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is Mark F. Hubbard.

Contact the office by calling 410-887-5996, or by emailing emergencymanagement@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Revised August 6, 2014

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