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Emergency Preparedness

BMC staff work with stakeholders from member jurisdictions to support regional emergency preparedness programs coordinated through the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and by the Baltimore Urban Area Homeland Security Work Group (UAWG).

Examples of BMC regional emergency preparedness efforts include:

  • Coordination of "Ready? Set? Good!" emergency preparedness public information campaigns;
  • Participation in tabletop emergency exercises; and
  • Participation in UAWG subcommittees, including Public Information and Outreach, Emergency Management, Transportation & Public Works, and Disaster Debris Planning Task Force.


Since 2003, the Baltimore region has received more than $100 million in federal U.S. Department of Homeland Security funds through the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program. These funds have been used by the Baltimore Urban Area Homeland Security Work Group (UAWG) and its subcommittees to strengthen homeland security and emergency preparedness planning, organizing, training, exercising, and equipping of local jurisdictions.

From the beginning of the UASI program, the region’s jurisdictions have worked closely with each other and with state and federal partner agencies to address the most critical homeland security needs.