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Jay Ringgold, Director of
Homeland Security and
Emergency Management

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Public Safety News Blog

Articles about public safety news, including Emergency Management topics, are posted in the Public Safety News blog.

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Our Emergency Management Twitter account is @BaltCoEmergency. Information about breaking news is communicated through our Twitter account. Followers also receive updates during weather and other emergencies, emergency preparedness information, and information about programs and events.

For Fire Department news, follow @BaltCoFire. Followers receive breaking news updates about significant traffic incidents, multi-alarm fires, community emergencies and significant Emergency Management Services calls and rescues. Information about departmental initiatives, policies and events is provided.

For Police Department news, follow @BaltCoPolice.

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Preparedness Information

Water and Power Outages

Power outages may occur as a result of severe weather or other emergencies. Every household should be prepared to manage safely for several days following a power outage. Review information to help you prepare in case of power and water outages.

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 also generate deadly carbon monoxide. Review our fact sheets on proper generator use and ways to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide buildup.

Flash Floods and Other Flooding

Flash floods are fairly common in Maryland. They are extremely dangerous 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.

Renter's Insurance

If you rent, your belongings are not covered unless you are covered by a renter's insurance policy. Every renter should carry renter's insurance! The National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Maryland Insurance Administration provide information.

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 this coverage.

Plan for Your Pets

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. Learn how to prepare by having the right supplies and a home emergency plan.

Contact Us

The Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management can be reached at 410-887-5996 or 

Revised July 9, 2019         


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