Emergency Preparedness

The events of September 11, 2001, and the education of terrorism in our country have added another layer of expectations on law enforcement by the public we serve. Not only do we enforce laws, investigate crimes, and ensure the safety of our community, but we are also responsible for assessing and responding to terrorist threats. Through a series of articles I've recently been reading, it has impressed upon me that we need not be fearful, but we do need to be prepared for threats of a greater nature, earthquake, flooding, terrorism, and the like.

We will be adding in this section of our website educational information for our community to stay abreast of information and to be personally prepared. As much as you, our public, depend on us to respond when needed, we in law enforcement depend on you to be part of the safety net of information gathering, reporting, and volunteering. We cannot do this alone - we must embrace real community policing.

One of the first things we can do to help you is to provide you with some educational resources. So, I would encourage you to check out a couple of websites that are chock full of information about family planning and personal preparedness. Please take the time to check them out. And come back to our site periodically to check out any additional information we post.

Government Emergency Preparedness Sites

American Sign Language Emergency Management

The State of Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) provides 52 emergency preparedness videos in American Sign Language. You can access this resource by visiting the American Sign Language Emergency Management Help.

Emergency Management - Food Basics

In emergency situations, difficult conditions can be made even worse in the event of foodborne disease outbreak. Provision of food is often carried out under crude conditions and the people available to organize and implement feeding operations may not have the necessary experience to manage food safety effectively.

The Food Basic Guide is intended to assist those responsible for planning and overseeing food operations to recognize aspects of their function that influence food safety and to guide them in minimizing risk of foodborne illness.

In view of the fact that the infrastructure on the ground may be completely destroyed in many types of emergency situation, this document highlights the most critical requirements. The document also directs users to useful information sources that provide a more complete outline of food hygiene requirements, to guide operations in cases where there has been less disruption, and higher standards of hygiene are feasible as well on guidance on related activities (E.g. waste management).