Maryland Department of Emergency Management

Maryland Department of Emergency Management​: 
A Center f​or Preparedness Excellence

MDEM has a staff of over 70 emergency management professionals, divided into three directorates – Preparedness, Operations, and Administration. The Preparedness Directorate includes exercises and training, planning, public information, private sector integration, mitigation, and recovery.  The Operations Directorate includes regional programs, the Maryland Joint Operations Center, and the State Emergency Operations Center. The Administration Directorate handles agency logistics, personnel, supplies, fiscal services, grants management, and technology support. The Secretary's​ Office has overall responsibility for the agency and direct interaction with the National Capital Region activities.

MDEM 101: Introduction to​ MDEM Video

This short video training is available to anyone, free of charge, and the purpose is to help communicate the mission and scope that the Maryland Department of Emergency Management​ is responsible for. Watch the MDEM 101 video now.

​Local Recovery Planning Toolkit 

This Local Recovery Planning Toolkit includes materials to support locally-managed short-term and intermediate recovery efforts, as well as materials to assist with the transition to long-term recovery, managed by a Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC). View and download the Local Recovery Planning Toolkit ​documents.​​

Maryland Joint Operations Center

A key element of MDEM is the Maryland Joint Operations Center (MJOC). Operated round-the-clock by National Guard and emergency managem ent professionals, it was the first joint civilian-military watch center in the country. In addition to serving as a communications hub for emergency responders statewide and supporting local emergency management, the MJOC monitors local, state, national and international events, and alerts decision-makers in Maryland when a situation warrants.​