The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management was established in 2006 to coordinate the County's response to major emergencies. Our mission is to help our County agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and residents prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.
The Office of Emergency Management is comprised of four units: Operations and Planning, Training and Exercise, Communication and Outreach, and Special Projects. The organizational chart below depicts the positions and names of staff members under each unit.
Operations and Planning
The Operations and Planning Unit ensures plans, policies, and procedures reflect the County’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. This Unit also manages the County’s Mass Notification System and coordinates special events planning with public safety agencies.
Training and Exercise
The Training and Exercise Unit maintains and facilitates a comprehensive training program for the Office of Emergency Management and its partnering agencies. The Training and Exercise Unit works with participating County, State, local, and non-governmental agencies to coordinate regular training and exercises to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and capabilities to effectively prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from potential emergencies and disasters that may affect County residents, businesses, and visitors.
Communications and Outreach
The Communications and Outreach Unit ensures that timely and accurate information is shared with the public and County agencies before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. This Unit increases public awareness and education through social media, traditional media, presentations, and by attending community events.
The Special Projects Unit organizes, leads, and helps execute projects that may fall outside the scope of regular duties. This Unit assists with grants management, oversees public assistance reimbursement after disasters, and maintains the operational readiness of the Emergency Operations Center. The Special Projects Unit also manages our call center during emergencies and manages logistics for mass care sheltering supplies.
Joseph oversees the Operations and Planning Unit to ensure plans, policies, and procedures reflect the County’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Joseph manages the Damage Assessment Plan, Nuisance Flooding Plan, and Extreme Temperature Plan. Joseph also coordinates with public safety agencies to plan for upcoming special events.
Kimberly is responsible for developing and maintaining emergency plans, policies, and procedures. Kimberly also manages the Long-term Housing Plan, Mass Care Sheltering Plan, and Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA). Kimberly is a member of the Gun Violence Intervention Taskforce and the Opioid Prevention Taskforce. Kimberly also assists the Training and Exercise Unit as needed.
Kasey oversees the Communications and Outreach Unit to ensure that timely and accurate information is shared with the public and County agencies before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Kasey is also responsible for media relations, social media, language access, and multimedia projects.
Jorge is responsible for conducting preparedness presentations in English and Spanish, providing preparedness items and information at events, and translating public information materials to better prepare our committees for emergencies and disasters. Jorge also provides Stop the Bleed training upon request.
Briana oversees the Training and Exercise Unit to develop and conduct training for emergency operations center representatives as well as discussion-based and operation-based exercises to test County plans, policies, and procedures. Briana manages the County’s training and exercise calendar, the Integrated Preparedness Plan, and WebEOC.
Kerry oversees the Special Projects Unit which includes special events planning, managing the Emergency Operations Center call center during emergencies, and assisting with grants management. Kerry also manages the Hazard Mitigation Plan and leads public assistance efforts after disasters.