Maryland  Responds Volunteers 

Emergencies can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere ----
In times like these, we need you!
The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Network is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of Maryland communities. The Maryland Responds MRC Network consists of dedicated Responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies.
The Maryland Responds MRC Network Program is composed of the State MRC Program, which is housed within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R) and 24 Local Units housed within Local Health Departments throughout the State.
Goal:  Enhance Maryland’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities by augmenting county- and state-level public health and medical services with a source of pre-identified, credentialed and trained volunteers.  To learn more about the Maryland Responds MRC, visit:
Want to make a difference in your community --- Register today!
Register:  Help us prepare and protect our community by becoming a Maryland Responder today.  Sign up to volunteer with Maryland Responds through the Maryland Responds Registry at  Once registered, volunteers can expect to receive announcements for training and exercise opportunities, annual notification drills and non-emergency public health outreach initiatives, as they become available. 


Washington County’s Citizen Alert Notification System 

The Washington County’s emergency notification system enables the County to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods. 

Residents and business with listed telephone numbers are in the system, but you may also specify additional ways to contact you including home cell, business, email, text and hearing impaired receiving devices.  You will receive time sensitive messages wherever and however you specify.  The information you enter is confidential, protected and will not be used for any other purpose. 

For more information or to sign-up to receive alerts visit WashingtonCounty Division of Emergency Services 


Emergency Preparedness and Response 

There are several government websites that provide a wealth of information and resources regarding disasters and public health emergencies.  Click on one of the headings below to be directed to your area of interest. 

Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Preparedness and Response(OP&R) 

General Information                                                                      News                                   

Fact Sheets                                                                                     

 Emergency Preparedness and You​

Individuals and Families                                                                  Businesses

Emergency Kits                                                                                 Schools

Seniors                                                                                                Access and Functional Needs    

Infants and Young Children                                                            Pets 


Pandemic Influenza 

General Information                                                                      Planning and Preparedness

Protection and Precautions                                                         Pandemic Awareness 


Emergency Preparedness and Response​ 

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather – Floods, Tornadoes, Extreme Heat, Power Outages and more

Bioterrorism Agents, Disease Other Threats – Anthrax, Plague, Smallpox and more

Caring for Children – Information for Parents, Schools, Pediatricians and more

Chemical Emergencies – Ricin, Chlorine, Nerve Agents and more

Radiological Emergencies – Dirty Bombs, Nuclear Blasts and more 


Other Public Health Emergency Resources

Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages. The tools on this page are designed to provide mobile device users access to Web-based content. They are developed to run on specific mobile platforms, such as iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, or Blackberry. Includes disaster medicine tools, psychological health tools, and other disaster-related resources.


Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) . This National Library of Medicine (NLM) site is a well-organized portal to online disaster resources from public and private organizations. All resources have been evaluated for reliability by NLM's team of medical librarians and disaster information specialists using selection guidelines. Find links to sample disaster plans, toolkits, Webinars and educational videos, downloadable and printable guides, forms, and other planning documents, reports and best practices based on previous disasters, professional disaster health literature, and more.


·         Follow DIMRC on Twitter

·         Search for Disaster Organizations widget (DIRLINE, National Library of Medicine)


. This collection of databases developed for environmental health professionals and first responders by the National Library of Medicine is available online and can be downloaded to mobile devices for use in the field.


Western Maryland Area Health Education Center​ (WMAHEC) Disaster Resources 

WMHAEC's medical librarian, under contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), developed training modules on accessing national and local disaster health resources for a variety of audiences. In addition to these modules, this site provides links to disaster health resources relating to seniors and other vulnerable populations in Western Maryland and other rural areas. 


Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness - National Library of Medicine .  Emergency and disaster preparedness materials and resources for a variety of audiences including, but not limited to, disabled, older adults, hearing impaired, visually impaired and limited English proficiency.  

This site contains links to other Internet sites only for the convenience of World Wide Web users. Neither the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) nor Washington County Health Department (WCHD) is responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, and we do not endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites.