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Public Health Preparedness

Maryland (MD) Responds

MD Responds is a web based system where you can volunteer to assist in the aftermath of a disaster, emergency, public health crisis or with other public health needs. We are looking for volunteers that have skills or training that could assist in the event of a public health emergency. These persons include:
  • Healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, psychiatrists, and veterinarians
  • Public health professionals
  • Behavioral health and social service professionals including psychologists, social workers, counselors, professional counselors, interpreters, and chaplains
  • Support staff such as clerical workers, data entry, greeters, traffic control, and shelter workers
For more information, or to register as a volunteer, please visit the Maryland Responds online registration system.

Washington County Emergency Alert Notification System

This emergency notification system enables the County to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

The system uses listed phone numbers, but you may also enter additional ways of contacting you. You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. You pick where, you pick how. The information you enter is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

For more information, or to register to receive alerts, please visit Washington County Division of Emergency Services.

Listed below are United States government web sites intended "... to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies". Click on one of the headings to be directed to your area of interest.
- CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Emergency Preparedness
Individuals and Families
Older Americans
Individuals with Disabilities & Special Needs
Emergency Kits

Pandemic Influenza Information
General Information
Correct Hand Washing Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Bioterrorism Agents, Diseases, and Other Threats
Ricin Information
Radiation Emergencies

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Natural Disaster & Severe Weather Information
Extreme Heat
Landslides and Mudslides
Power Outages
Winter Weather

Radiological Emergencies

Other Public Health Emergency Resources

Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages. The tools on this page are designed to provide mobile device users access to Web-based content. They are developed to run on specific mobile platforms, such as iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, or Blackberry. Includes disaster medicine tools, psychological health tools, and other disaster-related resources.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) . This National Library of Medicine (NLM) site is a well-organized portal to online disaster resources from public and private organizations. All resources have been evaluated for reliability by NLM's team of medical librarians and disaster information specialists using selection guidelines. Find links to sample disaster plans, toolkits, Webinars and educational videos, downloadable and printable guides, forms, and other planning documents, reports and best practices based on previous disasters, professional disaster health literature, and more.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) . Instructions for adding to your site.

Toxnet - Toxicology Data Network . This collection of databases developed for environmental health professionals and first responders by the National Library of Medicine is available online and can be downloaded to mobile devices for use in the field.

Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (WMAHEC) Disaster Resources . WMHAEC's medical librarian, under contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), developed training modules on accessing national and local disaster health resources for a variety of audiences. In addition to these modules, this site provides links to disaster health resources relating to seniors and other vulnerable populations in Western Maryland and other rural areas.

For Seniors and Vulnerable Populations

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors - American Red Cross . This downloadable, printable booklet on disaster planning is a must for every household with seniors.

Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness - National Library of Medicine .

This site contains links to other Internet sites only for the convenience of World Wide Web users. Neither the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) nor Washington County Health Department (WCHD) is responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, and we do not endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites.

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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Martin O'Malley, Governor | Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor

Last Updated 07/22/2014     © Washington County Health Department