MOEM evolved from the City’s Civil Defense program, originally established to prepare for the nuclear dangers of the cold war.
In 2002, under Mayor Martin O’Malley, the office was moved from the Department of Public Works into the Fire Department. From 2005-2007, Fire Chief William J. Goodwin, Jr. also filled the role of emergency manager for the City.
In 2008, under Mayor Sheila Dixon, OEM was incorporated into the Mayor’s Office for policy and citywide program coordination purposes. Administratively, the office remains part of the Fire Department.
Today, MOEM works on preparedness and response for a variety of hazards that can occur in Baltimore.
Coastal and flash flooding, severe storms, power outages, blizzards, hazardous materials incidents, bomb threats, and numerous other incidents that require a multi-agency or multi-jurisdictional response, have occurred in the City in the last five years. During these events MOEM works to coordinate resources and make sure that the affected citizens receive all of the help that the City can access.