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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 for, 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 such as for grant-seeking, management, and reporting.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is $3,783,313, an increase of $361,347 or 10.56 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $3,421,966. Personnel Costs comprise 71.40 percent of the budget for 18 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 19.30 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 28.60 percent of the FY23 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Add funding for a Climate Adaption Manager who will provide targeted outreach and other educational opportunities for vulnerable communities within Montgomery County. This position will also coordinate the department's involvement in the County's Climate Initiative, and will provide specific guidance on mitigating heat island effects and flash flood occurrences.
  • Provide $800,000 in security grants to non-profit organizations in Montgomery County that have experienced or are at greater risk for experiencing hate crimes.
  • Provided support to the County's COVID-19 vaccination clinics through management of logistics such as signage, traffic control and shuttle transportation and coordinate with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the County's Test to Stay protocols for non-public schools in line with Maryland Department of Health guidance.

  • Coordinated with emergency management planners across the National Capital Region on the Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment, with regional public safety partners on a consequence management plan for the State of the Union, and with Prince George's County on the Maryland Emergency Response System.

  • Coordinated with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to open several disaster programs for eligible residents including Maryland Business Recovery Loan Program, Maryland Disaster Housing Assistance Program, and Maryland Disaster Relief Housing Program.
  • Developed a climate action plan in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, and the County's Climate Officer. OEMHS' work has focused largely on climate adaptation, updating the Extreme Temperature plan, and mapping social vulnerability in the County to begin targeted outreach efforts.

  • Coordinated and participated in a joint exercise with Fort Detrick's Forest Glen Annex, testing the emergency response procedure for a train derailment. The department also conducted the Capital Fortitude exercise which reviewed the county's medical supply distribution plan.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to build its Un-Manned Aircraft Systems program and currently has two licensed pilots along with two other pilots that will obtain their licensing. OEMHS conducts regular training to be able to deploy for damage assessment or in support of public safety agencies.
  • Completed a series of workplace emergency preparedness videos to be used in County trainings.
  • Coordinated with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management to establish a network of automated weather and environmental monitoring stations designed to observe mesoscale meteorological phenomena, such as dry lines, squall lines, and sea breezes.

Program Descriptions

  Administration

The Emergency Management Administration program handles grant and financial management, office administration, budget management, procurement, and human resources. This program also includes overall policy development for the office....

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  Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery

The Emergency Management Planning, Response, and Recovery program represents the core programmatic activities of OEMHS. This program includes the planning, training, and exercising activities aimed at preparing the County departments, non-profit partners, critical infrastructure, and the County residents for large scale emergencies. Major threats that this program addresses include,...

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Budget Trends
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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
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1232444.001153805.00 969436.00 1311501.0013.7
Employee Benefits316509.00311923.00 201852.00 336218.007.8
County General Fund Personnel Costs1548953.001465728.00 1171288.00 1647719.0012.4
Operating Expenses1154289.00977954.00 1012570.00 1082115.0010.7
County General Fund Expenditures2703242.002443682.00 2183858.00 2729834.0011.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time9.0011.00 11.00 12.009.1
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs8.8210.82 10.82 11.829.2
REVENUES
Hazardous Materials Permits445575.00865000.00 865000.00 865000.000.0
Other Charges/Fees22707.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental14339.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues482621.00865000.00 865000.00 865000.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages612240.00746027.00 746027.00 812559.008.9
Employee Benefits106087.00232257.00 232257.00 240920.003.7
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs718327.00978284.00 978284.00 1053479.007.7
Operating Expenses7875297.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Capital Outlay93160.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures8686784.00978284.00 978284.00 1053479.007.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time6.006.00 6.00 6.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs7.487.48 7.48 7.480.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants8220759.00978284.00 978284.00 1053479.007.7
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues8220759.00978284.00 978284.00 1053479.007.7
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures11390026.003421966.00 3162142.00 3783313.0010.6
Total Full-Time Positions15.0017.00 17.00 18.005.9
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs16.3018.30 18.30 19.305.5
Total Revenues8703380.001843284.00 1843284.00 1918479.004.1
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION244368210.82
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Non-Profit Security Grants for Organizations and Facilities At High Risk of Hate Crimes [Administration]8000000.00
Add: Climate Adaptation Program Manager to Coordinate Countywide Climate Action Plan [Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery]1050001.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs555240.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases216430.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment141240.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment15920.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment5690.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-113000.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY22-7010000.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED272983411.82
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION9782847.48
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs751950.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED10534797.48
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 REC
Expenditures
FY23 REC
FTEs
Administration16435475.5217627955.52
Emergency Management Planning, Response & Recovery177841912.78202051813.78
Total342196618.30378331319.30
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended2730.0000002730.0000002730.0000002730.0000002730.0000002730.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY230.000000-803.000000-803.000000-803.000000-803.000000-803.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including Non-Profit Security Grants for Organizations and Facilities At High Risk of Hate Crimes and operating expenses for the Climate Adaption Program Manager, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000051.00000051.00000051.00000051.00000051.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures2730.0000001978.0000001978.0000001978.0000001978.0000001978.000000