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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) to plan, coordinate, prevent, prepare, and protect against major threats that may harm, disrupt, or destroy our communities, commerce, and institutions; and to effectively manage and coordinate the County's unified response, mitigation, and recovery from the consequences of such disasters or events should they occur. Key objectives are to:

  • Coordinate County plans and actions to minimize harm to residents, employees, and visitors in Montgomery County before, during, and after emergencies.
  • Coordinate the services, protection, and contingency plans for sustained operations of County facilities.
  • Coordinate and provide public education to ensure the resilience of our communities during disasters.
  • Coordinate homeland security policies and priorities, including grant-seeking, management, and reporting.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is $2,165,859, an increase of $79,883 or 3.83 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $2,085,976. Personnel Costs comprise 88.54 percent of the budget for 14 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 15.30 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 11.46 percent of the FY19 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Accomplishments

  • Completed the updated 2018 revision of the Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Incorporated three new alert groups into the Alert Montgomery System: all private schools, residents in the vicinity of the Resource Recovery Facility, and residents in the vicinity of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities in Boyds.
  • Departments in Montgomery County's Continuity of Operations Program (COOP) have an average score of 2.6 out of a possible 3.0. As part of the program, OEMHS facilitated three COOP tabletop exercises, trained 15 new department COOP managers, and provided group training to the Office of Agriculture.
  • Conducted a senior leadership workshop on cyber attacks with more than 75 County department and partner attendees.
  • Developed a new emergency volunteer and donations management plan, finalized an emergency animal sheltering plan, and completed a critical infrastructure/key resources plan.
  • Continued to build partnerships and collaboration through community training. This year OEMHS partnership efforts included: Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer training (in partnership with the Faith Community Working Group and Montgomery County Public Health), Securing Houses of Worship presentation (in partnership with Police and Fire and Rescue Service), and Faith Leader Active Assailant Training (with Police and Fire and Rescue Services).


  • Conducted community preparedness and public outreach activities to ensure the community understands how to prepare for emergencies with a goal of providing 100 presentations/events this fiscal year, and added new materials in Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Amharic.
  • Provided an emergency preparedness workshop for County healthcare facilities with 65 attendees (including dialysis centers, surgical centers, nursing homes, etc) to review and train on topics including risk assessment, emergency planning, procedures, communication plans, training, and testing.
  • Expanded field operations and deployment capabilities in support of public safety responses throughout the County and was involved in mass care coordination of the resident displacement at the Promenade Towers in Bethesda.
  • Deployed two staff members to Florida through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) in support of Hurricane Irma response. OEMHS continues to serve as the point-department for EMAC, including providing cost estimates and seeking cost reimbursements when County department staff are deployed through EMAC.

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Initiatives

  • Partnering with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to establish the Opioid Intervention Team to streamline management of the opioid crisis by bringing together departmental, private, and non-profit stakeholders.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Restructured the Facility Emergency Action Program to include a scoring process that will measure the plan in a number of areas. This will allow departments to better understand what areas are successful and where their planning needs improvement.

Program Descriptions

  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...

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  Administration

This program includes planning, directing, managing, and operating the OEMHS as well as other administrative duties, including centralized application for and management of homeland security and related grants. Development of homeland security policies, protocol, and priorities is managed through the Homeland Security Directorate, chaired by the Director of OEMHS. ...

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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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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages703244.00833297.00 834488.00 840171.000.8
Employee Benefits197463.00250353.00 241589.00 255026.001.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs900707.001083650.00 1076077.00 1095197.001.1
Operating Expenses329193.00233921.00 197031.00 248171.006.1
County General Fund Expenditures1229900.001317571.00 1273108.00 1343368.002.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs8.608.60 8.60 8.600.0
REVENUES
Hazardous Materials Permits866138.00800000.00 865000.00 865000.008.1
Other Charges/Fees41042.000.00 65000.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental8211978.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues9119158.00800000.00 930000.00 865000.008.1
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages614337.00582859.00 582859.00 624739.007.2
Employee Benefits163494.00185546.00 185546.00 197752.006.6
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs777831.00768405.00 768405.00 822491.007.0
Operating Expenses4069813.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Capital Outlay921509.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures5769153.00768405.00 768405.00 822491.007.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time6.006.00 6.00 6.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs6.706.70 6.70 6.700.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants5631521.00768405.00 768405.00 822491.007.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues5631521.00768405.00 768405.00 822491.007.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures6999053.002085976.00 2041513.00 2165859.003.8
Total Full-Time Positions14.0014.00 14.00 14.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs15.3015.30 15.30 15.300.0
Total Revenues14750679.001568405.00 1698405.00 1687491.007.6
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION13175718.60
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment265060.00
Increase Cost: Hazardous Material Permitting System Maintenance131000.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment10510.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail990.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-15670.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs-133920.00
FY19 APPROVED13433688.60
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION7684056.70
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs540860.00
FY19 APPROVED8224916.70
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
FY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery157263212.30163096412.30
Administration5133443.005348953.00
Total208597615.30216585915.30
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved1343.0000001343.0000001343.0000001343.0000001343.0000001343.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000014.00000014.00000014.00000014.00000014.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1343.0000001357.0000001357.0000001357.0000001357.0000001357.000000