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
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.
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.
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.