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Emergency Management in Montgomery County: Preparing for the Unpredictable


Montgomery County, Maryland, is a vibrant and diverse community, but like any other area, it faces a range of potential emergencies and disasters. To address these challenges, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and preparedness of the county's residents. In this article, we will explore the hazards that Montgomery County faces, the importance of being prepared, and the steps individuals and communities can take to enhance their readiness in the face of adversity.

Hazards in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is no stranger to a variety of hazards, both natural and man-made, that can disrupt daily life and pose serious threats to the community. Some of these significant events that have impacted the area in the past include:

Natural Hazards within the County

The county experiences a range of natural hazards, including:

Utility Disruptions

In addition to these natural and man-made hazards, Montgomery County residents should also be prepared for utility disruptions, such as power outages, gas leaks, and water-related problems. Here are some essential tips for dealing with these disruptions:

Power Outage:

Gas Leaks:

Water-related problems:

When to Call 9-1-1

It's essential to know when to call 9-1-1 in emergency situations. Some situations that warrant a 9-1-1 call include:

Make a Plan

To ensure your safety and the well-being of your loved ones, it's essential to have a well-thought-out emergency plan. Here are some steps to consider when making your plan:

Building a Kit

Preparing an emergency kit is a crucial aspect of being ready for any disaster. There are two types of kits to consider: one for sheltering in place and one for a "go bag." Here's what you should include in each kit:

Shelter in Place Kit:

Go Bag:

Stay Informed

Staying informed is essential during any emergency. Tune in to local weather providers and the National Weather Service (NWS) to receive updates and important information regarding current conditions and potential threats.

Get Involved

To further enhance your preparedness and support your community, consider getting involved in local emergency response and volunteer organizations, such as:


For more information and resources, visit the OEMHS Resource Library and By taking these steps and preparing for various emergencies, you can help ensure the safety and well-being of yourself, your loved ones, and your community in Montgomery County. In times of crisis, preparedness can make all the difference. Download this presentation.

Activities Chair Vivian Wolpers presents Mr. Fleming with a token of our appreciation for speaking

Activities Chair Vivian Wolpers presents Mr. Fleming with a token of our appreciation for speaking.

Patrick Fleming is a National Capital Region (NCR) Emergency Preparedness Specialist with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS). Mr. Fleming earned a Master of Science in Law with a concentration on Crisis Management and Homeland Security from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.

He has ample experience developing numerous emergency preparedness and response initiatives in collaboration with various Montgomery County agencies, coordinating resources and donations with volunteer and community organizations, and delivering expedited recovery efforts for Montgomery County residents affected by man-made and naturally occurring disasters.

He spoke to the MCCAAA on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

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