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Monday, October 29, 2012

Department of Emergency Services

Department of Emergency Services

Emergency Management Division

Wicomico County maintains an active Emergency Management Division. The Deputy Director (DD) of the department manages the daily activities of the division and staff made up of an Emergency Management Planner, and Administrative Office Assistant I. The DD is responsible for the management and disbursement of Homeland Security grants funding awarded to Wicomico County.

The division is responsible for updating and maintaining emergency plans to deal with Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for natural and man-made disasters.

Members of the division participate with several community and area committees, and organizations on a regular basis to maintain working and cooperative partnerships in the furtherance of emergency preparedness. These committees and organizations include the Delmarva Emergency Task Force (DETF), PRMC Disaster Committee, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Salisbury Mutual Assistance Group, US Coast Guard Area Contingency Planning Committee, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the Maryland Emergency Management Association.

The division monitors the climate of National and Worldwide threats and identifies necessary preparedness activities and emergency operations planning. This is a constantly changing effort in order to maintain the County’s state of preparedness. The division also maintains a constant monitoring status of weather activity through an array of redundant systems to ensure real time awareness and immediate community notification.

The Emergency Management Division in conjunction with the LEPC is also responsible for administration and record keeping for the Hazardous Materials Regulatory Program authorized under the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). Planning is a priority for the office, however not the only aspect of the division. The division also assists with emergency response to hazardous material incidents throughout the county.

Education is very import and the Emergency Management Division is very involved in community training. This is being done through a program called Citizens Emergency Response Training (C.E.R.T). The division is also charged with coordinating the National Incident Management System compliance for all Wicomico County agencies.

The division may be contacted by calling 410-548-4820.

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