Office of Emergency Management

Kevin J. Simmons, Director

Mission Statement:

The City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management provides vision, direction, and subject matter expertise in order to coordinate the City’s all hazards emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts and develop an overall culture of safety.

 

Hurricane Isabel

Preparedness Focus: ​Flooding

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The City of Annapolis is susceptible to floods/flash floods anytime during the year but especially from March to September.  Flooding is primarily due to the City’s location as a coastal community.  

The lowest lying land is in the downtown Annapolis/City Dock area and Eastport which are at sea level, located at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis Harbor, and Spa Creek.

High tides combined with winds from the Southeast typically cause flooding conditions at the dock area which may close Compromise Street and Dock Street. These closures may affect travel across the Eastport Bridge. When this occurs, residents should be prepared to take an alternate travel routes.

The following are descriptions of Flood warnings applicable to this area, which could be disseminated to the ​community via alert and notification:

Coastal Flood Watch
-A Coastal Flood Watch is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is possible. Such flooding would potentially pose a serious risk to life and property.

Coastal Flood Warning - A Coastal Flood Warning is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring or imminent. This flooding will pose a serious risk to life and property.

Coastal Flood Advisory - A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.

Flash Flood Watch - A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning - A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch - A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning - A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

River Flood Watch - A River Flood Watch is issued when river flooding is possible at one or more forecast points along a river.

River Flood Warning - A River Flood Warning is issued when river flooding is occurring or imminent at one or more forecast points along a river.

If you are interested in learning more about the National Flood Insurance Program, please follow the link for more information:
http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Flood Safety

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

Residents may elect to receive updates from the Office of Emergency Management across several media platforms:

  • 'Prepare Me Annapolis' Mobile App (iPhone & Android platforms)
  • Facebook www.facebook.com/annapolisOEM
  • Twitter @annapolisOEM
  • the radio (1430 AM WNAV)
  • Alerts from the CodeRed Notification System

The CodeRed Notification system is a communication service that allows the Office of Emergency Management to quickly notify citizens about emergency situations through phone, email, or text message alert. All citizens and businesses are encouraged to register.

Information relating to CodeRed service can be found on the Office of Emergency Management’s website.

 
Emergency Preparedness