To carry out this mission, Howard County Health Department continually develops and exercises plans in cooperation with other County, State and Federal agencies to reduce the effects of, prepare for, respond to and recover from a public health emergency. Comprehensive emergency response and preparedness plans are developed and federally funded through a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health's (MDH) Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R).
Would you know what to do if a major public health emergency, like a natural disaster, disease pandemic or act of terrorism happened in Howard County? We are here to help you get ready for any and all unexpected events.
The summer heat can be dangerous. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious illnesses that can be deadly if not treated properly. The warning signs of heat-related illness include the following: light-headedness, headaches, muscle cramps, mild nausea or confusion, fatigue or profuse sweating and rapid breathing. All residents are encouraged to take a common-sense approach to the extreme heat and take the following precautions to prevent heat related illness:
Additional Resources about Heat Safety:
Anyone in need of shelter or other assistance should call the Grassroots hotline at 410-531-6677 or visit grassrootscrisis.org