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Recovery After An Emergency

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After an emergency, the Office of Emergency Management will work with local, State, and Federal departments and agencies, and non-governmental organizations to assist with Recovery Operations. After an emergency, remember to:

  • Check-in with family and friends by text messaging or using social media
  • Take photos of damage for insurance purposes
  • Prevent further property damage (for example, putting a tarp on a damaged roof)
  • Only discuss emergency details with licensed and insured contractors, and verify that the license is current and active
  • Never let anyone in your home without confirming their identification
  • Water may be unsafe to drink; ensure you filter and clarify water with a cloth and boil water, or bleach prior to consuming  
  • Do not attempt to touch or move downed power lines. Contact BGE, which provides power to most of Central Maryland, by visiting, or calling to report outages at 877-778-2222. If you see sparking power lines, immediately call 9-1-1. For other downed lines call 800-685-0123 or 410-685-0123 (TTY 800-735-2258)

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