Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Emergency Preparedness


The Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program collaborates closely with other Harford County agencies and regional partners to strategically prepare for and respond to natural or man-made emergencies. In concert with all Harford County Health Department employees, staff is available 24 hours a day to respond to public health emergencies.

Be Prepared
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Would you know what to do in the event of a significant public health incident, such as a natural disaster, pandemic or act of terrorism?  Visit the pages and fact sheets below for information on how to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies.

Emergency Supply Checklist 

The Five W’s of Emergency Preparedness:

Who should prepare?

  • Government at all levels;
  • Businesses, big and small;
  • Communities; and most importantly,
  • Individuals like you!

What do I do?

  • Individuals and Families:  Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed;    
  • Businesses:  Develop a Continuity of Operations Plan

When do I prepare?

  • Today!

Where do I need to prepare? 

  • At home,
  • Work,
  • Within your child’s school,
  • Everywhere.

Why should I prepare?

  • Because disaster will strike and being prepared makes the effect much less worse!

Now What?

Okay, I am convinced. How do I prepare? Click here to find out!RedCrossApps

Preparedness in Your Pocket– The Red Cross mobile apps offer the vital information you need to prepare and respond to emergencies- big and small.

What can my business or organization do to prepare? Click here to find out!

Medical Reserve Corps

What is Maryland Medical Reserve Corps? MD Responds MD Medical Reserve Corps

Disaster can strike at a moment’s notice and your knowledge, skills and talents can save lives. Are you willing to help your community prepare for and respond to such emergencies?  Be a difference-maker. Be ONE with us.

MD Responds MRC — Health care professionals and community members ready to assist with public health response during emergencies in Maryland and beyond.

Volunteer roles range from assisting in mass dispensing operations, to offering psychological first aid, to staffing a shelter. The MD Responds MRC also connects you to a wide range of free trainings and exercises on disaster preparedness and response. Want to learn more?  Visit the website at  For a complete overview of the State MRC , click here.

How to Register 

To become an MD Responds MRC volunteer, register online here.

For step by step directions on how to register, click here.

 For registration for Online Orientation, click here.

Harford County Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their Country. The Harford County Medical Reserve Corps (HCMRC) was established in 2005 to organize and utilize volunteers, medical professionals and others, who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. HCMRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.

Volunteers can:

  • Assist local hospitals and the health department with surge personnel needs.
  • Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccination exercises and community disaster drills.
  • Respond to natural or man-made disasters.
  • Train with local emergency response partners.

Click here for the complete information sheet. 

Preparation Resources

Umbrella Chalk Drawing

Cold Weather Resources

Earthquake Preparedness Resource 

Ebola Resource

Heat Related Resources

Heat Illness Brochure 

Hurricane Preparedness Resources

Radiological (KI) Preparedness Resources 

Tornado Preparedness Resource 

Home Care Patient Disaster Readiness Flyers

Patient on Oxygen


A guide for home care patients and their families

A guide for home care patients using power-dependent equipment

Healthcare Ready


National, State, and Local Emergency Preparedness Resources

**The Harford County Health Department has scored 100% on their Technical Assistance Review (TAR) for three years in a row.  The review of the county’s Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution Plan (formerly known as the Strategic National Stockpile Plan) was conducted by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Various logistical challenges are addressed in the plan so that the residents in our county can quickly receive life saving medications in the event of a biological terrorist incident or other major public health emergency.**

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Maryland Emergency Management Agency
 Maryland Office of Preparedness and Response Federal Emergency Management Agency World Health Organization
Pandemic Maryland’s Volunteer Corps Harford County Emergency Operations Center


Contact Information

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION For after hours Biological, Chemical, and Radiological events please call 911.

Normal Business Hours – Contact Information During normal business hours (8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Monday-Friday, closed state holidays), please call 410-877-1028. .