Howard County Emergency Preparedness and Response

The mission of the Howard County Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program is to prepare the County and its healthcare system to respond to acts of terrorism and other naturally and manmade public health emergencies.

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 and Mental Hygiene's (DHMH) Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R).

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Howard County Medical Reserve Corps

The Howard County Medical Reserve Corps (HCMRC) Program was officially launched as a national, community-based movement in July 2002. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals and other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC uses volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits.

To register as an HCMRC volunteer visit the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps page.

Be Prepared

Would you know what to do in the event of a significant public health incident, such as a natural disaster, pandemic or act of terrorism? Visit the pages and fact sheets below for information on how to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies.

General Preparedness Information

Cold Weather

Hot Weather

Hurricanes, Storms and Floods

Influenza (Flu)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS or MERS-CoV)

Zika Virus Disease

Bioterrorism Agents and Diseases

Behind the Scenes: Emergency Operations Center (at CDC)

Take a look behind-the-scenes at the command center and staff responsible for coordinating emergency response to domestic and international public health threats. Since 2001, CDC has responded to dozens of events and incidents including the Anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina and SARS, Monkeypox, E. coli, and Novel H1N1 Flu outbreaks.

On a smaller scale, the Health Department and Howard County operate in the same way during an emergency event.