Worcester County Emergency Services - Emergency Management

The office is charged with preparing Worcester County and the public to manage activities before, during and after the impact of natural and technological disaster agents to protect lives and property within the County.

The office operates under the concept of Comprehensive Emergency Management, which applies to ALL types of hazards and requires a partnership among all levels of government, the private sector, industry, voluntary organizations, and the public The four basic principles of Emergency Management are,

  • Mitigation: Activities undertaken to eliminate or reduce the chance of an occurrence or the effects of a disaster.
  • Preparedness: Activities include developing plans to enhance response capabilities and conducting exercises to assess response efficiencies.
  • Response: Activities that are designed to provide the public with emergency assistance.
  • Recovery: Activities to return the community to normal or near normal through relief operations.

With over 30 miles of shoreline bordering the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane preparedness is a key component of Worcester's Emergency Management program. Each year, the office takes part in hurricane exercises sponsored by Maryland Emergency Management Agency and also by the Delmarva Emergency Task Force. The Task Force has successfully brought together emergency managers in all nine Maryland Eastern Shore Counties, as well as Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In addition, key county agency partners in emergency management and planning attend the National Hurricane Conference in the spring of each year. This brings those staff members up to date on the latest developments in building codes, evacuation procedures, local government’s role in recovery and more.

Worcester County is a member of several organizations related to Emergency Management. Among these are the Maryland Emergency Management Association, Delmarva Emergency Task Force, the Eastern Shore Alliance of Public Safety Answering Points, and is proud to be a partner with MEMA, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

All residents and visitors are urged to visit the link to the emergency checklist below for useful information.

Emergency Checklist