Office of Emergency Management

Kevin J. Simmons, Director

Mission Statement:

The City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness & Risk 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



This year, the week of May 25 marks the beginning of the National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through November 30. As a coastal community, it is particulary important to know about the hazards and risks associated with Hurricane and tropical storm events and the actions that citizens can take to be prepared.

Preparedness is key, and making preparations can save lives and property anywhere - at home, in schools, and in the workplace.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management would like to stress the importance of pre-planning. Be prepared, stay informed, make a plan, and make a kit.

A basic preparedness kit should contain necessary essentials like:

  • Food
  • Water (one gallon, per person, per day)
  • Important documents
  • Cash
  • A battery-powered/hand-crank radio
  • A first aid kit
  • A cell phone and necessary accessories,
  • Items needed for the care of special needs individuals like infants, the elderly, or the disabled.

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

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • the radio (WNAV)
  • Alerts from the CodeRed Notification System.

The CodeRed Notification system is a communication service that allows the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk 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 Preparedness and Risk Management’s website.