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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Community Preparedness

Whether you are part of a neighborhood, a faith-based organization, or a civic group, community organizations play an important role in emergency preparedness. To help your community better prepare for emergencies, take the following steps:

For more information and resources for your community:


Link to FEMA's Community Preparedness Principles
FEMA's Whole Community Approach demonstrates the importance of community preparedness.



Link to Citizen Corps website

Citizen Corps Councils offer individuals and community groups a place to share resources and best practices in emergency preparedness locally.



The Corporation for National and Community Service's Community Preparedness Toolkit at


Link to Maryland VOAD

Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is an umbrella organization of diverse disaster-relief agencies that include faith-based group, non-profits, governmetal departments, and NGOs..