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.



Preparedness Focus: Hurricane Season

​June 1st-November 30th


A hurricane can be defined as an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH (64 knots) or higher.


  • Category One: Winds of 74-95 mph.  No real damage to building structures, Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
  • Category Two: Winds of 96-110 mph.  Some roofing material, door, and window damage to buildings. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes, and piers. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
  • Category Three: Winds of 111-130 mph.  Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures, Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain may be flooded well inland.
  • Category Four: Winds of 131-155 mph.  More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas.  Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore Terrain may be flooded well inland.
  • Category Five:  Winds greater than 155 mph.  Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away.  Major damage to lower floors of all structures located near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required.

Storm Surge
A dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50–1000 miles wide.

Storm Tide
A combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch
Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning
Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

Short Term Watches and Warnings
These warnings provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

Monitoring Atlantic Storms
Tropical storms and hurricanes can be monitored through the National Hurricane Center website at


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
  • 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