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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 recommended FY20 Operating Budget for the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is $2,374,768, an increase of $208,909 or 9.65 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $2,165,859. Personnel Costs comprise 89.46 percent of the budget for 15 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 16.30 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 10.54 percent of the FY20 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

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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 FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

Accomplishments

  • Full implementation of the Extreme Temperature strategy, including use of emergency alerts and integration with Montgomery County Police Department animal services regulations.
  • Development and implementation of a snow protocol for status of County Government, including notification of employees and residents about changes to the status of government due to inclement weather.
  • Complete revision of the County's Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Complete revision of the Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on a five-year cycle.
  • Completed the Volunteer and Donations Management Plan, and facilitated the development of a Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) group and held monthly meetings.
  • Conducted numerous preparedness presentations and trainings for the general public and specific vulnerable communities. Added new programs including "You are the Help until Help Arrives" and "Stop the Bleed"
  • Coordinated a complex integration of a full-scale regional emergency preparedness exercise including regional hospitals, Montgomery College, and the County's Emergency Management Group. The exercise included an active shooter scenario at Montgomery College, which tested the College's response plans and the hospitals' surge capacity.
  • Managed 39 Homeland Security grant projects across two Federal fiscal years. Projects included the purchase of equipment and supplies, as well as contractor and personnel support for County and municipal law enforcement, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) , Department of General Service (DGS), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCOR).


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Initiatives

  • Integration of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) into OEMHS plans and field operations.
  • Reconstituted of the Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC) including expansion of members and the complete overhaul of its bylaws.
  • Expansion of OEMHS field deployment capabilities, including support of neighboring jurisdictions, such as Howard County's response to flooding in Ellicott City in 2018.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • OEMHS created a special Alert Notification Network for use by the Board of Elections staff during the 2018 primary and general elections. This alert group was set up to communicate information with staff in 230 polling places by email, text, and voice.
  • In coordination with MCFRS, OEMHS improved the capability of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to send and receive radio communication on both the 700 and 800 MHz frequencies. The EOC now has seven radio consoles installed to primarily serve Police, MCFRS, DOT, DGS, and OEMHS; they can also be used to communicate with municipality responders.

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Collaboration and Partnerships

Integration of Community Emergency Response Team into OEMHS Plans

Integration of the MCFRS Community Emergency Response Team into OEMHS plans and field operations, including volunteer and donations management planning.

Partners

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service

 

Program Descriptions

  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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  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 Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2766 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Recommended
FY20
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages816055.00840171.00 844409.00 883368.005.1
Employee Benefits225742.00255026.00 244965.00 278521.009.2
County General Fund Personnel Costs1041797.001095197.00 1089374.00 1161889.006.1
Operating Expenses161562.00248171.00 219375.00 250328.000.9
County General Fund Expenditures1203359.001343368.00 1308749.00 1412217.005.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 9.0012.5
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs8.608.60 8.60 8.822.6
REVENUES
Hazardous Materials Permits780885.00865000.00 865000.00 865000.000.0
Other Charges/Fees102300.000.00 51867.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues883185.00865000.00 916867.00 865000.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages700555.00624739.00 624739.00 736787.0017.9
Employee Benefits178035.00197752.00 197752.00 225764.0014.2
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs878590.00822491.00 822491.00 962551.0017.0
Operating Expenses8163161.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures9041751.00822491.00 822491.00 962551.0017.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time6.006.00 6.00 6.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs6.706.70 6.70 7.4811.6
REVENUES
Federal Grants7289649.00822491.00 822491.00 962551.0017.0
State Grants-45420.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues7244229.00822491.00 822491.00 962551.0017.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures10245110.002165859.00 2131240.00 2374768.009.6
Total Full-Time Positions14.0014.00 14.00 15.007.1
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs15.3015.30 15.30 16.306.5
Total Revenues8127414.001687491.00 1739358.00 1827551.008.3
FY20 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION13433688.60
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs351530.00
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment348970.00
Increase Cost: Administrative Specialist Position [Administration]211720.22
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment21570.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment11490.00
Decrease Cost: Partial Year Lapse of the Volunteer and Donations Management Coordinator [Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery]-256790.00
FY20 RECOMMENDED14122178.82
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION8224916.70
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Technical Adj: Administrative Specialist Position [Administration]994110.78
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs341930.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Operating Expenses64560.00
FY20 RECOMMENDED9625517.48
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
FY20 REC
Expenditures
FY20 REC
FTEs
Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery163096412.30158636811.60
Administration5348953.007884004.70
Total216585915.30237476816.30
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY20FY21FY22FY23FY24FY25
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Recommended1412.0000001412.0000001412.0000001412.0000001412.0000001412.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.00000026.00000026.00000026.00000026.00000026.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in FY20.
Labor Contracts0.0000007.0000007.0000007.0000007.0000007.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1412.0000001445.0000001445.0000001445.0000001445.0000001445.000000