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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

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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

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Photos of Fire and Emergency Management activities are available on Instagram, @baltocountyfireems.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard mitigation plans are developed before a disaster strikes with the intention to reduce property damage, injuries and even death. The County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan will identify and update information about the County’s hazard risks, such as floods, tornados, and winter storms. The plan will also identify the people and facilities at risk and ways to prevent and minimize damage.

Adopted, implemented and maintained on an ongoing basis, the plan will gradually, but steadily, lessen the impacts associated with hazard events in Baltimore County. The County's Hazard Mitigation Plan is in the process of being reviewed and updated.

Learn more about our plan, participate in the public survey and more.

Preparedness Information

Water and Power Outages

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 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. "Turn around, don't drown," and learn about avoiding disaster during a flash flood.

Contact Us

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

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