About Us

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The Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) maintains the highest level of preparedness to protect Baltimore’s citizens, workers, visitors, and environment from the impact of natural and man-made disasters. OEM will prepare the City for emergencies, prepare the public for emergencies, and coordinate interagency response and recovery. To achieve this mission, OEM will implement a comprehensive program of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


  • Well-prepared households and businesses

  • Resilient communities

  • Integrated, efficient, and rapid response and recovery

OEM’s Emergency Management Operations has  five critical mission areas:

Mission  Area  


Prevention  Prevent, avoid or stop an imminent, threatened or actual act of terrorism.
Preparedness  Conduct risk assessments, train personel, and develop plans to protect residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations and way of life to thrive.
Mitigation Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
Response Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
Recovery  Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening and revitalization of infrastructure, housing and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.

The Office of Emergency Management also operates the  Emergency Operations Center.  The EOC is a central location where representatives of local government, nonprofit and private sector agencies convene during special events, emergencies and/or disaster situations to make decisions, set priorities and coordinate resources for response and recovery. OEM also provides support to Incident Command at incidents we respond to, or as needed.