3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
3430 Courthouse Drive
OEM’s mission is to provide centralization, coordination, and facilitation of multi-agency emergency planning, training, and exercise, and to holistically minimize and reduce the impacts of natural and human-caused disasters through proactive prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
OEM’s vision is to promote and foster the environment for a resilient Howard 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.
Please click the button below to see Howard County's Emergency Plans.
This page is dedicated to the 2024-2029 Howard County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update process. This plan is updated every five years and reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal of this page is to gather public comments on the plan. Please see the link to the Plan below for review as well as a link to a form to send our office your comments, critiques, and suggestions on the Plan!
The first phase of public comments on the current plan (the 2018 version) will last until February 2023. Then, the final working draft will be posted for further public comment on February 28, 2023, and the public comment period will end on April 7, 2023. Next, the plan will go to the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) for review followed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Finally, the Plan will go before the County Council for approval. After approval, the Plan will be posted for the public.
Please click the button below to view the plan, a form for public feedback, and public meeting summaries and information.
Preparedness begins with understanding your local hazards. A hazard is any potential source of harm or difficulty and may be natural or manmade. High-risk hazards have a high likelihood of local occurrence and may result in serious consequences to life safety, property, critical infrastructure, the environment, and the economy. Click the button below to learn more about hazards in Howard County.
Preparedness begins with understanding your local hazards. A hazard is any potential source of harm or difficulty and may be natural or human-caused. High-risk hazards have a high likelihood of local occurrence and may result in serious consequences to life safety, property, critical infrastructure, the environment, and the economy. Check out our Ready HoCo page to learn more about hazards specific to Howard County.
The purpose of the Howard County LEPC is to enhance Howard County’s preparedness and response to hazardous materials incidents by involving the government, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizens in planning and preparing for such an incident. The Howard County LEPC will also act as an advisory committee to the Howard County Government in regards to emergency preparedness and response for hazardous materials and will fulfill any and all additional requirements articulated under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). The EPCRA was enacted by Congress in 1986 Congress to ensure that the government and the public had access to the information needed to plan for chemical emergencies. EPCRA required each state to establish a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), to create local emergency planning districts, and to establish an LEPC in each district. In addition to fulfilling its role with respect to hazardous chemicals, the Howard County LEPC has expanded its scope to include preparedness for all hazards and all communities.
The Howard County LEPC will be meeting again on January 8, 2024. Click the button below for details!
The Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is a collaborative effort of community stakeholders, each having an equal role in the organization. Their goal is to organize and deploy community resources in an efficient and timely manner, effectively contributing to each phase of a disaster. The Howard County COAD hopes to provide opportunities for community organizations to get involved to make the community and its members safer and more prepared for threats of all kinds. The COAD is a coordinating organization and does not assume direct operational responsibility in any disaster situation.
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