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.


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Preparedness Focus: Hurricane Season

June 1st-November 30th


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Hurricanes are not uncommon to the Mid Atlantic including the City of Annapolis.

A Hurricane is 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. The categories are as follows:
• Category One: Winds of 74-95 mph.
• Category Two: Winds of 96-110 mph.
• Category Three: Winds of 111-130 mph.
• Category Four: Winds of 131-155 mph.
• Category Five: Winds greater than 155 mph.

Some of the hazards associated with hurricanes include:
• Storm Surge
• Storm Tide
• Wind Damage
• Water Damage
• Power Outages / Power Line Damage

The Office of Emergency Management has the ability to track hurricanes in the Emergency Operations Center through the HurrEvac system. HurrEvac allows OEM to track the course of an approaching storm and alerts the appropriate time for evacuation.

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

Hurricane Evacuation

Evacuate before you are told to do so if:
• You live in a mobile home.
• You live in a high rise.
• You live on the coast or near water.
• You feel you may be in danger.
If an evacuation is ordered:
• Leave at once.
• Bring your emergency kit.
• Follow advised evacuation routes.
• Keep away from coastal areas or inland water.
• Let others know your plans.

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)


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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