How the Department of Emergency Management Supports Military and Community Compatible Use

The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) is the state's source for risk reduction and consequence management information, resources, and guidance to ensure resilient communities throughout Maryland. MDEM's three directorates, Disaster Risk Reduction, Consequence Management, and Mission Support allow the agency to support local jurisdictions, including defense communities, and state agencies to support preparedness and provide up to date information. The work of the MDEM is crucial in sustaining Maryland's defense communities that surround the military installations as they face growing threats and risks from climate change, including but not limited to extreme storms, coastal flooding, and other resiliency related factors. Installations, defense communities, and MDEM should work closely together to define, assess, and/or mitigate impacts from these risks.

Compatibility Factors relevant to the Department of Emergency Management: Resilience, Natural Features

Relevant Programs and Plans

State of Maryland Hazard Mitigation Plan


MDEM coordinates the state's Hazard Mitigation Plan with numerous state and federal agencies and other local stakeholders. The Hazard Mitigation Plan is an important resource in the identification and assessment of hazards and risks, addresses local hazard mitigation planning, and outlines mitigation and loss strategies.

State Hazard Mitigation Officer

The state's Hazard Mitigation Officer is a key resource for hazard mitigation planning and FEMA grant funding opportunities. Maryland's Hazard Mitigation Officer reviews local mitigation plans before they are sent to FEMA.

Financial and Technical Assistance


MDEM administers several FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants and assists local jurisdictions with the preparation of grant application packages and the identification of mitigation activities. MDEM's Hazard Mitigation website features a listing of FEMA grant programs and applicant resources, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). Local defense communities should work with MDEM staff when pursuing FEMA funding for disaster risk reduction/mitigation activities.

Hazard Mitigation Branch


MDEM's Hazard Mitigation Branch is a part of the Disaster Risk Reduction directorate and is resposible for managing structural and non-structural mitigation projects as a long-term solution to disaster risk. The branch focuses on broad community-based projects and works with local jurisdictions and partner agencies to identify areas of vulnerability and develop project solutions to mitigate disaster.


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