The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management encourages all residents to prepare for any type of emergency or disaster. We are responsible for the coordination of the County’s response to natural and man-made disasters as well as the development and oversight of the County’s Emergency Management /Operational Plans. We work in collaboration with local, state and federal officials in all aspects of planning, resource and shelter management, emergency response and recovery activities. We hope that you will take advantage of the valuable information that we provide are able to provide valuable information on how to help stay safe and the steps that you can take now to be prepared.
The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management is pleased to offer the following services:
- Business Continuity Operations Plan
- Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
- LEPC – Local Emergency Planning Committee
Disasters and emergencies have the potential to occur at any time. Its impact may cause disruptions to government, businesses, schools, residents, roadways, personnel and resources. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for providing programs and training that help save lives and reduce economic loss. Our level of commitment equips everyone with the plans and resources needed to ensure personal, family and community safety during times of crises. OEM takes the lead in providing all-hazards emergency management based community programs. Our preparedness programmatic areas include:
Mitigation is the reduction or elimination of risk to people or property that can be impacted by disasters. Mitigation as defined by FEMA is taking action now - before the next disaster to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk) – Without it, we jeopardize safety, financial security and self-reliance. Most mitigation methods are derived from lessons learned from previous incidents.
Link to FEMA Mitigation Resources Library
Continuity of Operations Planning, or COOP ensures that vital day to day mission essential services of government will continue by all agencies in the event of an emergency or disaster. Because Prince George’s County is committed to responding to all types of threats, it is important that our critical operational functions continue under all circumstances. COOP provides our government agencies with a template on how to continue internal mission-critical operations when faced with interruptions. COOP planning is a continuous process and should be reviewed and updated as the Agency mission, functions and needs changed.
Operational interruptions that may require COOP include mechanical equipment failure, renovations, maintenance, fire, severe weather or acts of nature, technology malfunction and/or other malfunctions.
COOP for Businesses
It is important that businesses are prepared for emergencies. Whether it’s a power outage, fire, weather related incident or terrorist attack, businesses should take steps to prepare for emergencies.
- Identify hazards that could affect your business
- Prepare a Business Continuity Plan that identifies maintaining and/or restoring critical functions
- Communicate with your employees
- Protect your physical assets
- Have an Emergency Action Plan
If you are interested in obtaining information on Continuity of Operations Planning for Business, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at
Link to FEMA Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry
NOTIFYME Prince George’s
NotifyMe Prince George’s is Prince George’s County’s Community Emergency Alert Notification System that delivers fast secure reliable and important notifications and updates regarding a major crisis or emergency. In addition, NotifyMe provides amber alerts, severe weather, government and school delays and closings, major traffic incidents, emergency preparedness measures and major utility interruptions. Users can register their devices and receive messages via
- Email account
- Cell phone
- Text message
- Wireless device
Link to NOYIFYME REGISTRATION PAGE
Emergency Disaster Planning/Operations Plans
The Prince George’s County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) outlines the collaborative efforts, operations and responsibilities of County agencies and Appointing Authorities before, during and after emergencies and disasters. In addition to providing operational procedures, the EOP is used to accelerate recovery operations after disasters occur. during and after emergency’s occur. and among County agencies that provide a foundation for handling
ADOBE OF COUNTY EOP
The Office of Emergency Management must maintain a state of readiness at all times. The Emergency Operational Center provides a continuity of operations and serves as a central command for coordinating preparedness and disaster management functions.
Emergency Operations Center Activation Levels
Prince George’s County
Emergency Operations Center
Level 1 - Full Scale Activation of County Emergency Operations Center
In a full-scale activation, all primary and support agencies under the state or County plan are notified. The County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed by Office of Emergency Management Personnel and all Emergency Support Functions.
Level 2 - Partial Activation of County Emergency Operations Center
This is limited agency activation. All primary, or lead, Emergency Support Functions are notified. The County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed by Office of Emergency Management personnel and necessary Emergency Support Functions.
Level 3 - Monitoring Activation Phase
Level 3 is the monitoring phase. Notifications are made to State or County agencies and Emergency Support Functions who would need to take action as part of their everyday responsibilities. The Emergency Operations Center will be staffed by Office of Emergency Management personnel.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is responsible for providing a comprehensive overview of incidents and disasters. Although they do not serve as a first responder arriving on the scene, they do collaborate with on-scene personnel to provide the coordination of resources and the necessary information to respond to incidents properly.
The Director of Emergency Management makes decisions that address the needs and priorities surrounding the incident. He is the point of contact for our County Executive, our Chief Administrative Officer and the members of the Prince George’s County Council.
The common functions of our EOC are to:
- Provide effective and orderly governmental control and coordination of the County's emergency response during times of crisis or disaster to reduce the impact such events may have on Prince George's County residents.
- Serve as the liaison and coordinator of State/Federal financial assistance for municipalities and County residents following County declared disasters.
- Provide liaison coordination to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other local emergency management agencies and organizations.
- Serve as a central location for information gathering and analysis, development of a common operating picture and maintenance of situational awareness for critical decision making and resource allocation.
- Coordinate emergency public information messaging. (This messaging includes tools such as press releases, public service announcements, press conferences, etc. These tools are used to inform the public of emergencies, assess how the public reacts to emergencies and to relay information about the scope of the emergency.
The County’s Emergency Operations Center is located at the:
Prince George’s County Fire Services Building
6820 Webster Street
Landover, Hills, MD 20785
LEPC - LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
About the LEPC
The purpose of the Local Emergency Planning Committee is to enhance Prince George’s County’s preparedness for all hazards by bringing together government, businesses, and citizens in a collaborative planning process; to serve in an advisory capacity concerning emergency preparedness; and to fulfill the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).
The overall functions of our local LEPC are inclusive of the following:
- Maintaining compliance with Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) (42USC11001, Title 42, Chapter 116).
- Acting as a repository of information concerning hazardous chemicals, regulated chemical companies, and response to chemical emergencies in Prince George’s County; (Conduct an annual review of the County’s Hazardous Materials Plan).
- Receiving and processing requests for information from the public.
- Notifying the public of all LEPC meetings or activities.
- Serving as a forum for government, businesses, non-profit organizations, and members of the public to coordinate emergency preparedness activities.
- Advocating for policies and programs to increase the County’s preparedness for all hazards.
- Providing recommendations to County government concerning emergency preparedness.
The LEPC meets bi-weekly, bi-monthly, quarterly from _____ __________ at the FSB/CAB (?)___________ These meetings will provide a forum for collaboration between the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In addition, these forums will be used to deliver emergency preparedness education.
Although membership in the LEPC is voluntary, participants must be endorsed by the State Emergency Response Commission’s (SERC). The LEPC is made up of representatives from all aspects of the community. This includes: Elected State and Local Officials, Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Public Health, Hospitals, American Red Cross, Local Community and Civic Organizations, Schools, Industry and Facility Representatives, and several others. Local Media, and Transportation Agencies just to name a few.
If you are interested in becoming a part of your local LEPC, for more information contact _______