Emergency Planning for Communities and Businesses
Baltimore County encourages all citizens, businesses and long-term care facilities to plan for an emergency. Here are a few resources to plan ahead.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is an all-hazards program sponsored by the Office of Emergency Management and designed to teach citizens how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during the first 72 hours following a disaster.
The program rotates to various communities throughout the county. Participants finish the program qualified to help themselves and their neighbors though the emergencies most likely to occur in our area.
Businesses need their own disaster plans and a knowledge of the resources available in case an emergency strikes. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency offers a useful emergency resource site for businesses.
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities are exceptionally vulnerable during an emergency. Baltimore County urges these institutions to construct emergency plans and to refine and practice them regularly. Maryland House Bill 770 requires such facilities to develop emergency plans that include, among other things, specific procedures for sheltering in place or evacuating.
The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a resource for local long-term care facilities who need guidance with emergency planning.
Emergency planners recommends the five-unit "Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Health Care Systems" as a key planning tool. These documents are in PDF format and will open in a new window.
- Unit 1: The Emergency Management Program (PDF)
An overview of the program, with an introduction to emergency management for health care systems.
- Unit 2: Incident Command System (ICS) and Application of Strategic ICS Principles (PDF)
An introduction to the Incident Command System.
- Unit 3: Healthcare System Emergency Response and Recovery (PDF)
Discusses emergency operations plans.
- Unit 4: Emergency Management Instruction, System Evaluation and Organizational Learning for Healthcare Systems (PDF)
Discusses education, training and drills.
- Unit 5: Appendices (PDF)
Long-term care providers also should consider these resources:
- Preparing for an Emergency: Continuity of Operations Planning for Public Institutions (PDF)
This document, prepared by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, is a guide to creating a viable plan that ensures continuity of operations through a range of potential disasters.
- Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers (PDF)
A preparedness guide tailored to seniors, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration On Aging.