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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

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.

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 helpful resources.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, sponsored by the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, teaches residents the basic skills needed for everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters.

The program is held at various locations throughout the county and typically involves five sessions over a five-week period. 

Planning For Businesses

Businesses need their own disaster plans and a knowledge of available resources. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency offers a useful emergency resource site for businesses.

Planning For Long-Term Care Facilities

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 legislation 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 that need guidance with emergency planning. Contact us at 410-887-5996.

Baltimore County emergency managers recommend 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.

Long-term care providers also should consider these resources:

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