The Harford County Department of Emergency Services is a multi-component department. The department is comprised of the 9-1-1 Communications and Dispatch Center, the Office of Emergency Management, and Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT). All 3 components have both regular day-to-day functions as well as emergency response function during and after an emergency or disaster.
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services and its components are staffed by public safety professionals, using state-of-the-art technology. Even though each of the 3 divisional components has different roles and responsibilities they each share 1 common function - to protect and serve the citizens of Harford County.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The Department of Emergency Services during an emergency or disaster operates and staffs the Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is a command and control center where representatives from Harford County government and its agencies as well as the State of Maryland, the local municipalities, and other vital agencies and organization continue to run the government and direct resources for responses and recovery operations during an emergency or disaster.
Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every citizen. Therefore, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services endeavors to continually to educate and inform the public on how to be properly prepared for all types of emergencies and potential disasters that could befall Harford County.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman encourages everyone to prepare now for hurricanes and tropical storms:
Hurricane Season runs June 1st through November 30th in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center's main page provides you with current forecasts, radar and satellite links, storm tracking tools, and tips regarding preparation. The National Hurricane Center is our primary source for tropical cyclone news and information. Please check out their website!