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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)

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:

  • Determine how specific hazards will affect your community.

  • Determine which members of the community may need extra assistance during an emergency.

  • Take an inventory of skills and other assets within your community that could be useful in an emergency.

  • Educate community members about the need for family preparedness during meetings or through newsletters and listservs.

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..



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