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
Integrated, efficient, and rapid response and recovery
OEM’s Emergency Management Operations has five critical mission areas:
|Prevent, avoid or stop an imminent, threatened or actual act of terrorism.
|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.
|Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
|Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
|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.