Garrett County Emergency Services develops and maintains plans for emergency response, including the County Emergency Operations Plan, Hazard Mitigation, Hazardous Materials Response Plan. Responsible for coordinating evacuation and sheltering of populations affected by disaster. Coordinates with other public safety response entities to ensure a timely and appropriate response to any and all emergencies.
Federal and State Grant Funding Sources:
Garrett County Emergency Management is responsible for grant administration from a number of Federal and State grant programs including:
Homeland Security Grants- Following 9/11the federal government established the Department of Homeland Security. One of the major initiatives under this agency was the Homeland Security Grant Funding, which made Federal dollars available for improvements to the nations' response capability. Funding from this program has granted Garrett County with over one million dollars.
Emergency Management Assistance grants- These funds help underwrite a portion of staff salaries and administrative costs of the Emergency Management Office. These funds are made available through FEMA Emergency Number Systems Board- Funds from the State and local 9-1-1 fees are funneled back in to each local jurisdiction to pay for 9-1-1 related costs, including salaries and benefits, and equipment purchases, highlighted separately.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant- Garrett County has applied for EPA grant funding through the Local Emergency Planning Committee. These funds are available for initiatives relating to mitigating the effects of hazardous materials accidents.
Garrett County Emergency Services maintains several avenues of providing information to the public to better inform them of vital information needed for all emergency events, ranging from the more typical day-to-day type calls up to county wide disaster events.