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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.


Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is $3,258,620, an increase of $891,907 or 37.69 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $2,366,713. Personnel Costs comprise 70.48 percent of the budget for 16 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 17.48 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 29.52 percent of the FY21 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods


Program 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 FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.



  • Montgomery County's Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted by the Montgomery County Council and 17 municipalities.
  • The Montgomery County Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan was revised, updated, and exercised.
  • Montgomery County's Continuity of Government was revised with additional input from Council staff.
  • In collaboration with the Public Information Office, Police, and Fire and Rescue Services, OEMHS updated the Emergency Public Information Plan.
  • OEMHS successfully used its Damage Assessment Portal to allow residents to file damage reports from the July 8, 2019 flooding event. OEMHS received more than 200 damage reports, which allowed the County to be eligible for Small Business Administration loans.
  • OEMHS underwent re-accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
  • OEMHS continues to use social media as a tool to publish preparedness education information. The Office's Twitter following increased by nearly 18 percent, and the Office's Facebook page fans increased by 26 percent.
  • Developed and finalized the National Incident Management (NIMS) plan.
  • Developed, coordinated, and conducted a County senior leadership exercise to review the updated Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan and exercise decisions that must be made in a long-term recovery scenario.
  • Managed more than 40 Homeland Security grants totaling more than $13,000,000.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Made enhancements to the County's Emergency Operations Center by adding a policy / multimedia room, as well as making technology upgrades to all 60 workstations in the Emergency Operations Center.
  • OEMHS developed, scripted, and coordinated the filming of five workplace emergency preparedness videos to train Montgomery County Government employees.
  • OEMHS revised a number of operations and procedures guides including the Emergency Operations Center manual, Emergency Operations Center Action Plans, and the situation report template to ensure operations are updated and effective.
  • Developed an unmanned aerial system program and policy manual to provide OEMHS with better survey capabilities to assess emergency damage and gain situational awareness.

Program Descriptions


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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  Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery

This program 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; logistics support, administration, and finance coordination; serving as the liaison...

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Program Contacts

Contact Michael Goldfarb of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at 240.777.2333 or Taman Morris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2771 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages851214.00875970.00 900236.00 1029449.0017.5
Employee Benefits207890.00277864.00 266687.00 291599.004.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs1059104.001153834.00 1166923.00 1321048.0014.5
Operating Expenses393124.00250328.00 228544.00 961908.00284.3
County General Fund Expenditures1452228.001404162.00 1395467.00 2282956.0062.6
Full-Time8.009.00 9.00 10.0011.1
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs8.608.82 8.82 10.0013.4
Hazardous Materials Permits800672.00865000.00 865000.00 865000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues1475.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees82893.000.00 70000.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues885040.00865000.00 935000.00 865000.000.0
Salaries and Wages891213.00737087.00 737087.00 740815.000.5
Employee Benefits252611.00225464.00 225464.00 234849.004.2
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1143824.00962551.00 962551.00 975664.001.4
Operating Expenses4873644.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Capital Outlay200419.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures6217887.00962551.00 962551.00 975664.001.4
Full-Time6.006.00 6.00 6.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs6.707.48 7.48 7.480.0
Federal Grants3898808.00962551.00 962551.00 975664.001.4
State Grants69256.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues3968064.00962551.00 962551.00 975664.001.4
Total Expenditures7670115.002366713.00 2358018.00 3258620.0037.7
Total Full-Time Positions14.0015.00 15.00 16.006.7
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs15.3016.30 16.30 17.487.2
Total Revenues4853104.001827551.00 1897551.00 1840664.000.7
FY21 Recommended Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Security Grants to Faith Based Organizations [Administration]7000000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment193860.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY20 Personnel Costs150000.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED7343860.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery158427011.60174668812.78
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY21 Recommended2283.0000002283.0000002283.0000002283.0000002283.0000002283.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.00000033.00000033.00000033.00000033.00000033.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY210.000000-802.000000-802.000000-802.000000-802.000000-802.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21, including (fill in major item names based on your Competition List), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures2283.0000001520.0000001520.0000001520.0000001520.0000001520.000000