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.
Colder weather often yields temperatures that can be dangerous after long periods of exposure, if proper precautions are not taken. Some of the dangers associated with winter weather include hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and injuries from heat sources.
Frostbite is the freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue. The areas most likely to freeze are toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose.
To protect yourself and your family in cold weather follow the below tips:
Additional Resources about Cold Weather Safety:
Anyone in need of shelter or other assistance should call the Grassroots hotline at 410-531-6677 or visit grassrootscrisis.org
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Emergency Supply Kit Checklist - What you need for survival.
Emergency Contact Card - Your vital information in case you need medical help.
Rx on the Run - A personalized prescription medication wallet card.
Make a Plan - What to do in case of an emergency.
Preparedness Pal Brochure - Emergency planning with a buddy.
(Brochure in Spanish) (Brochure in Korean)
Emergency Contact Information
Howard County Health Department
Maryland Department of Health (MDH)Phone: 410-767-6500After Hours Emergency: 410-795-7365
Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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
Tips to help you get ready in an emergency!