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Program Description

  Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery

This program includes the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and provides plans for consequence management, mitigation, and response to natural and man-made disasters, including terrorist events that may involve chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, or explosive/incendiary devices. Activities involve compliance with Federal and State requirements for emergency management planning and operations; consequence management; logistics support, administration, and finance coordination; liaison with Federal, State, regional, and local agencies; sheltering and relief support; coordination of regional policy-level decision making and public information dissemination; and public education. Regional coordination is provided through the emergency support functions of the regional, State, and Federal agencies as outlined in the Regional and National Response Framework. The Emergency Management Group (EMG) is supported by this program when it activates to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to emergencies.

Elements of this program include:

  • Emergency Operation Plan updates, training, and implementation.
  • Planning, coordination, and operation of information and communication systems in the EOC to support the EMG in consequence management, resource allocation, logistics and mutual aid support, and decision-making.
  • Establishment and maintenance of an asset management inventory of available resources that can be used to support an EMG response and recovery operation, including resources from private and non-profit organizations.
  • Public health coordination of hospitals for disaster and terrorist event response.
  • Coordination for public health planning for large-scale mass population medical dispensing, and strategies for isolation and quarantine for management of disease outbreaks, if required.
  • Coordination of Fire, Police, Public Health Services, Transportation, and other appropriate County departments and agencies regarding incident command systems and training/certification on the use and application of the National Incident Management System.
  • Coordination and management of volunteers and communications organizations that can support disaster response - the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and Civil Air Patrol.
  • Support and management for the Local Emergency Planning Council regarding "community right to know" requirements and providing advice and recommendations to the County Executive and County Council regarding the storage of certain hazardous materials in the County.
  • Management of the County's Hazardous Permitting Program, in conjunction with Federal law, regarding the licensing and permitting of facilities and the handling and storage of certain regulated hazardous materials.
  • Coordination of multi-discipline exercises with the County and regional partners.
  • Maintenance of the EOC and the information and situation awareness systems therein.

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Program Contacts

Contact Michael Goldfarb of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at 240.777.2333 or Rachel Silberman of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2770 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Available capacity for overnight shelter6,5568,9878,9878,9878,987
Percentage of County residents subscribed to Alert Montgomery (by device) based on 2012 U.S. Census population of 1,004,709 124.517.118.419.521.5
Percentage of Emergency Alerts sent within 20 minutes of information received by the OEMHS between 9-5 M-F100100100100100
Percentage of Emergency Management Accreditation standards met by the County 2100100100100100
Percentage of Emergency Management Operations Center primary systems availability9999999999
Percentage of County employees that meet National Incident Management Systems requirements 3100100859095
Percentage of Principal County Departments and Offices with a COOP plan score of 2.5 or higher 48674758085
Percentage of County Facility Emergency Action Plans reviewed within 90 days of submission/contract100100100100100
Percentage of employees who have completed Employee Emergency Training or Workplace Violence Level1315161718
Percentage of the County's 19 municipalities participating in Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program8489898989
1  In December 2016 OEMHS purged the subscriber database of old accounts which were carried over to the new system in October 2014. These accounts were not responsive to requests to update contact information of a two-year period, and were deleted.
2  In FY15, Montgomery County became the 12th county in the country (and the first in Maryland) to become accredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
3  FY17 measure includes Police, Fire and Rescue, and OEMHS. In FY18, OEMHS will add additional County agencies. As agencies reach compliance through training, and new agencies are added, OEMHS anticipate compliance across the county will level-out in upcoming fiscal years.
4  COOP program scoring is on a calendar year basis and is scored on a 3.0 scale. The score for FY17 is based on final scores in December 2016.
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Program Budget Changes

FY19 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved157263212.30
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.583320.00
FY19 Recommended163096412.30