Whole Community Integration

Fo​stering Relationships for Future Resilience

The Whole Community Integration Branch's purpose is to partner, engage, and coordinate with private sector, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations all across our State, ensuring they're integrated throughout all the phases of emergency management.

Our Services   |   Become a Partner   |    Register for an Event   |   Our Resource Library

Our goals are simple: We want to build engagement and integration, and ensure that communications between MDEM and its community partners isn't just a one-way street.

To help make that all happen, we offer a range of services and resources - something for everyone, with some especially designed for those organizations who sign up for one of our partnership programs. (Don't worry, membership is complementary!)

General Services (open to all Marylanders, free of charge)

  • Workshop Learning Series - A series of free seminars on the basics of how your organization can be prepared (e.g., "What should be in my disaster plan?" "What kind of grant opportunities are there?")
  • Resource Library and Toolkit - Our database of resources, tools, tips, and tricks that you and your organization can use to learn about and navigate the world of emergency preparedness
  • Annual Partner Summit - A networking event where you can connect with us, our partner organizations, and learn more about our entire program

Member Services (available to members of one of our partnership networks)

  • Monthly Newsletter & Alerts - Regular updates on the activities, programs, and opportunities available in our network; and special alerts and info in the event of an emergency
  • Partner Mobile App - An app exclusively for our partner programs to provide updates and allow participation in disaster data collection efforts
  • Business Emergency Operations Center Access - When a crisis occurs, the MD Business Emergency Operations Center (MBEOC) is activated; members can sign in to learn the latest news, connect with State officials, and participate in the discussions & coordination that guide our response efforts
  • Participation, Participation, Participation! - Members receive invitations to be part of statewide exercises, task forces and work groups where they can share their expertise, additional information & training sessions, and more

MEET OUR PROGRAMS (Membership is complementary​ - join us!)


The Private Sector Integration Program (PSIP) is a network of Maryland businesses (large and small). We're committed to integrating the private sector into emergency management by establishing 2-way communication before emergencies, and providing a voice for the business community during emergencies.

Contact psector@maryland.gov

The Nonprofit Engagement Program (NPEP) is a new and growing collection of community, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits are sometimes overlooked in the emergency planning world, and we want to help them gain a stronger foothold by giving them a voice, resources, information, education, and support.

Questions? Contact npep.mdem@maryland.gov


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4th Annual Whole Community Integration Summit

8AM - 4PM

Register now for our 4th Annual Whole Community Integration Summit "Rooted and Ready: A Whole Community Approach".

Towson, MD

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RESOURCE LIBRARY (click on a topic to expand or contract section)

Event Recordings

Workshop Learning Series: Legislation 101​​

Workshop Learning Series: Cybersecurity (10/11/23)

Access to Technology Services (members)

Coming Soon!

Available Grants

  • BGE Energizing Small Business Grants: This grant program is part of BGE’s $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery and is a multi-year commitment expected to run through at least 2023.

  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP): The program supplements and expands ongoing work of local nonprofit and governmental social services organizations to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, hunger and/or homelessness.

  • Hazard Mitigation: is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from hazard events.  There are three available grants - BRIC (Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities), FMA (Flood Mitigation Assistance), and HMPG (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program).  

  • Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) Demonstration Program: funds local educational agencies to develop and implement programs to prevent human trafficking victimization through the provision of skills-based human trafficking training and education for school staff and students. 

  • Maryland Department of Commerce: View Maryland Financial Incentives for
    Businesses. Includes grants, loans, tax credit and other information.

  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP): provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. 

  • Revolving Loan Fund (RLF): is a program that offers low-interest loans (no more than 1%) to local governments to help finance projects and activities that mitigate the effects of natural hazards. Local governments can take out the RLF loans on behalf of homeowners, businesses, nonprofit organizations & communities.  

  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): is a federally funded, state administered, program which reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas. 

  • Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) grant program: provides
    funding for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits and
    institutions of higher education with funds to establish or enhance
    capabilities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.

Resource Toolkit​

  • Business Impact Assessment: A business impact analysis (BIA) predicts the consequences of disruption of a business function and process and gathers information needed to develop recovery strategies. 

  • Climate Check: use this page to learn how climate change is affecting people in Maryland. 

  • Continuity of Operations (COOP) Template: A COOP plan will help your organization develop work around strategies when facilities, employees, or systems are impacted by a disaster.  

  • Cybersecurity 101: a collection of tips to advise the public about common threats to cybersecurity and how to safeguard against them.  

  • DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Resources: seeks to build bridges across the whole community and to help overcome challenges among FBO’s.  

  • Disaster Agency Response Technology (DART): DART is a suite of technology tools designed to support the missions of MD VOAD agencies

  • Maryland Climate Change Program: Maryland Department of the Environment oversees the development and implementation of the state’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

  • OSHA Emergency Action Plan (EAP).  This tool will help small, low-hazard service or retail businesses implement an emergency action plan, and comply with OSHA’s emergency standards.   

  • Maryland Traffic Conditions & Road Closures

  • Maryland Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment: Section II of the Maryland State Hazard Mitigation plan (beginning on pg.34) includes breakdown by hazard and counties with greatest impacts.

  • MD Ready: being ready means having the information necessary to make informed decisions.  This application includes Maryland specific information.

  • National Center for Environmental Information: NOAA tool that allows you to
    use the interactive mapping tool to better visualize the frequency and cost of
    billion-dollar weather and climate events as well as local risk and vulnerability.

  • National Risk Index: FEMA based tool to help you discover the landscape
    of natural hazard risk in the united dates. Map and data can be filtered down
    to the county level.

  • Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN): FEMA based tool that
    provides preparedness training for Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s)
    guiding participants on how to prepare for incidents.  

  • OSPREY (Operational and Situational Preparedness for Responding to an EmergencY). The OSPREY suite of tools contains many sources of real-time data such as closed-circuit TV cameras, weather and power outages. The applications on this page are public facing - no passwords are required.

  • Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide: is a standard framework for how emergency management officials conduct preliminary damage assessments following a disaster.  

  • Prepare for Emergencies and Recover from Disasters. Small Business Association (SBA)  Guidance and resources for businesses.

  • Ready Business: FEMA’s preparedness planning hazard based toolkits for your business.  

  • Ready Rating: American Red Cross’s website that will help your organization get prepared and develop plans for disasters and other emergencies.  

  • Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT): A FEMA based GIS analysis &
    planning tool to inform strategies for emergency preparedness, response and
    recovery. It provides easy access to important community data.

  • Resilient Workplace: includes complementary resources to help businesses become disaster resilient.  

  • Risk and Resilience Hub:  digital platform meant to build resilient organizations and communities in the private and public sectors. 

  • SAM.Gov. (System for Award Management).  Registration is required in order to work as a federal contractor or receive business or nonprofit grants.  

  • Supply Chain Resource Library: CISA’s library is a non-exhaustive list of free, voluntary resources and information on supply chain programs, rulemakings and other activities from across the federal government.  

  • Volunteer Match: Tool used to recruit qualified volunteers for your nonprofit.

Training & Exercise Library

Resource Partners


The Whole Community ​Integration Branch is a team of emergency management professionals that serve private sector and nonprofit partners. We partner with you to provide reliable information, trusted resources, and effective emergency management services.​

Branch Manager
Tessa Lovro (tessa.lovro@maryland.gov​)
Business Engagement Manager & Private Sector Liaison
Cory Edwards (cory.edwards1@maryland.gov)
Nonprofit Engagement Manager & Nonprofit Liaison
Christiana Ferguson

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