Prepare Yourself, Your Family and Your Community

The City of Baltimore and the Office of Sustainability engage in outreach, planning, and collaborative efforts to ensure citizens are prepared in the event of an emergency situation or disaster. In 2013, the Office of Sustainability led the Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3), a unified approach to hazard mitigation and climate adaptation. Dp3 was created to address existing hazards while simultaneously preparing for those predicted by climate change.

Key resources for disaster planning for individuals, families or businesses can be found by following links below, or visiting the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management Website. For more information and a full text plan of the Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project, visit the DP3 homepage.


In order to determine the appropriate strategies and actions for climate adaptation and hazard mitigation, natural hazards which threaten the City had to be identified. In Baltimore, the following hazards pose a threat;

  • Flooding
  • Coastal Hazards
  • Precipitation Variability
  • Extreme Wind
  • Extreme Heat
  • Air Quality

For more specific information on hazards and planning efforts in the City of Baltimore, visit the DP3 homepage. Resources and links below provide the necessary tools to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for these hazards.

Key Resources for all Disaster Planning:

Resources for Individuals

Resources For Businesses

National Weather Service Tide Height Monitor

The Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service Forecast Office provides forecasting of tidal waves at five critical sites in the region. These resources will include information about high tides and tidal anomalies, as well as Coastal Flood Advisory or Coastal Flood Watch/Warning events.

Make A Plan, Build a Kit, Help Each Other Event

In April 2014, The Office of Sustainability held an event titled “Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Help Each Other”. The aim of the initiative was to give Baltimore residents the tools to make a disaster preparedness kit for their families and create a plan for their communities. Emergency kits included

  • Battery/Crank powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Manual can opener
  • Hand wipes
  • Filter mask
  • Sanitary bags

The event encouraged individuals to get to know their neighbors and recognize their needs in the event of an emergency, such as elderly individual or single mothers. Also knowing neighbors abilities, such CPR training, is important.

Flood maps as an updated database of addresses allowed residents to see if they were at risk for flooding and locate stations for the American Red Cross, FEMA, and the Department of Public Works.