Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Program develops plans to help protect the health of Carroll County residents and visitors before, during, and after community emergencies. Emergencies can include natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and man-made emergencies.

PHPR staff work with many local partners, including:

PHPR staff also work with regional and state preparedness partners, including the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Preparedness and Response, and the Maryland Department of Emergency Management  (MDEM).

To learn more about the Public Health Preparedness and Response Program (PHPR), call 410-876-4817 and ask to speak with program staff.

PHPR staff:

  • Work with other health department staff and local agencies on county-wide preparedness plans
  • Meet regularly with community partners to discuss preparedness issues
  • Educate Carroll County residents about personal preparedness
  • Offer preparedness training and exercises for health department staff and community partners
  • Provide nursing support at emergency shelters during disasters
  • Distribute medications/vaccines if needed to protect the health of county residents during an emergency
  • Develop community messaging and education for public health emergencies

Be Ready for Emergencies

You can help in an emergency by being prepared to stay safely at home for at least 72 hours (3 days). This allows first responders to help those with critical needs first. Here are some resources to help you and your family to get ready for a family or community emergency:

Volunteer with Maryland Responds

Want to get more involved in community preparedness? Consider volunteering with Maryland Responds, the state’s medical volunteer corps. Carroll County has a Maryland Responds Unit that receives information on local trainings and participates in exercises and public health outreach opportunities with PHPR staff.