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Emergency Preparedness Begins With You

If a disaster struck the Baltimore regioFloodwaters swirl around the Bowleys Quarters VFC after Tropical Storm Isabel.n, it could be days before help arrives and basic services are restored. Would you and your family be ready if that happened?

Unfortunately, most households aren't prepared even for routine water main breaks and weather-related power outages that leave us without utilities for two or three days. Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management strongly urges every household to prepare to get along for 72 hours following an emergency.

Baltimore County is a participant in a new, regional emergency preparedness awareness campaign, Ready? Set? Good. It's designed to help Baltimore area residents know what's most important when it comes to home preparedness.

Preparation starts with three basic supplies:

  • A battery-powered radio with extra batteries. If the power goes out, a battery-powered radio is the only way to receive information.
  • Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries. Don’t use candles! They start fires.
  • Water to last three days. That’s at least one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation.

We hope that you decide to build a comprehensive emergency supply inventory and family plan. But these three simple items will help see you through most of the emergencies that are likely to affect our region.

Contact Us

The director of the Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is Richard G. Muth.

Contact the office by calling 410-887-5996, or by e-mailing .

Emergency preparedness begins with you.

 Revised May 4, 2007


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