The Howard County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) develops and maintains emergency management plans, which encompass response, recovery, mitigation, and protection. OEM also provides guidance to support agencies on the development of disaster management plans. Staff provides countywide planning as well as training and exercise programs to help the County prepare for natural, technological, and/or man-made emergencies. In addition, OEM staff manage and coordinate the County's Emergency Operations Center during times of emergency.

Mission Statement

The Howard County emergency management program’s mission is to provide centralization, coordination, and facilitation of multi-agency emergency planning, and to minimize and reduce the impacts of natural and human-caused disasters through proactive prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. 


The vision is of a resilient county that is safe, secure, and prepared for emergencies and disasters with the support of a robust emergency management program committed to protecting all residents, businesses, and visitors, to preserving the quality of life and the environment, and to quickly recovering and returning to normalcy whenever and however impacted.

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We Want to Hear from You!
Howard County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in partnership with the Howard County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Stormwater Management Division are spearheading the County’s 2018 Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Plan Updates (HMP/FMP) efforts. Howard County has selected local firm, Vision Planning and Consulting (VPC), to develop these plans. 

Howard County and VPC are seeking the input of residents, property owners, and businesses throughout the County to obtain an accurate picture of the type and frequency of hazards that County residents face.

Thank you in advance being an integral part of the Howard County Flood and Hazard Mitigation Plan Update process!

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