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Community Services – Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Backpack and contents

The Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Program develops plans to help protect the health of Carroll County residents and visitors before, during, and after community emergencies. Emergencies can include natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and man-made emergencies.

PHPR staff work with many local partners, including:

Carroll County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management

• Carroll County hospitals and health care providers

• City and county law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service agencies

• Schools and colleges

• Human service agencies

• Long-term care facilities

Emergency Kit

PHPR staff also work with regional and state preparedness partners, including the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Preparedness and Response, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency  (MEMA).

To learn more about the Public Health Preparedness and Response Program (PHPR), call 410-876-4817 and ask to speak with program staff.

PHPR staff:

• Work with other health department staff and local agencies on county-wide preparedness plans

• Meet regularly with community partners to discuss preparedness issues

• Educate Carroll County residents about personal preparedness

• Offer preparedness training and exercises for health department staff and community partners

• Provide nursing support at emergency shelters during disasters

• Distribute medications if needed to protect the health of county residents during a disaster

• Develop community messaging and education for public health emergencies

Special Populations Emergency Planning Committee

The term “special population” refers to any group that may have additional needs before, during and after an emergency. 

Special Populations include but are not limited to those who are:

• Elderly

• Children and pregnant women

• Hearing or vision-impaired

• Low-income

• Homeless

• Homebound

• Developmentally or Cognitively Disabled

• Mobility-impaired

• Dependent on electrical medical equipment

• Coping with behavioral or mental health conditions

• In institutions such as hospitals, schools, colleges, daycares, residential health facilities, long-term care facilities, and correctional facilities

• Not fluent in English

Special Populations Emergency Planning Committee Mission: The Special Populations Emergency Planning Committee was formed in collaboration with the Carroll County Health Department and the Carroll County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management.  Our mission is to provide the support and information needed by the community to more effectively prepare for, and recover from, an emergency.  We assist in building, strengthening and maintaining relationships between the emergency response and the special population communities within our county in order to facilitate emergency preparedness.

The Special Populations Emergency Planning Committee meets quarterly on the second Friday of the month. If you would like more information about this committee, please contact 410-876-4817.


Be Ready for Emergencies

Everyone can help in an emergency by being prepared to stay safely at home for at least 72 hours (3 days). This allows first responders can help those with critical needs first. Here are some resources to help you and your family to get ready for a family or community emergency:

Ready.Gov helps you plan ahead for disasters and emergencies. You can plan for yourself, your family, your pets, and your business.

Are You Ready?

The “Are You Ready?” Citizen’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness offers information specifically for Carroll County residents. Learn about how to get local updates in an emergency, how to protect yourself during different types of weather emergencies that are common in Carroll County, and where to call if you need help during an emergency. “Are You Ready?” Guide


Volunteer with Maryland Responds

Want to get more involved in community preparedness? Consider volunteering with Maryland Responds, the state’s medical volunteer corps. Carroll County has a Maryland Responds Unit that receives information on local trainings and participates in exercises and public health outreach opportunities with PHPR staff. Maryland Responds 


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