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Charles County, Maryland

Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Michelle Lilly
Emergency Services, Assistant Director

Jennifer Adams
Emergency Management Specialist

To request an Emergency Preparedness Presentation for your community group, please reach out to the below email. 

Email:  ema@charlescountymd.gov 

Charles County is a StormReady Community.

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The Emergency Management Division is responsible to develop, coordinate and promote a comprehensive emergency management program incorporating planning, preparedness, response, and recovery activities relative to emergencies or disasters whether natural or man-made including:

  • Public education and information
  • Promotion of mitigation activities
  • Liaison and collaboration with local, state and federal governmental agencies, for profit and nonprofit public and private institutions and volunteer organizations, as well as, activities related to the establishment of a comprehensive emergency management program.
  • Develop and maintain the County’s emergency operations plan which provides a framework for the coordination of emergency response activities across a broad spectrum of disciplines and agencies.

The Emergency Management Division is also responsible for the applications regarding budgeting, programming, requisitions, purchase orders, and reporting of grants pertaining to Emergency Management.

Please see Grants Awarded to the County by fiscal year.

Download a copy of the Charles County Emergency Preparedness Guide. Click the photo below to begin getting your family prepared now!


Charles County in coordination with the State of Maryland and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has update the Evacuation Zones. To find out if you are in an evacuation zone and which zone your home is in please click the below "Know Your Zone" image below. 


Cooling and Warming Centers Available

The following public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents as warming or cooling centers:

Capital Clubhouse (Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf

Richard R. Clark Senior Center (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

1210 Charles Street, La Plata

Nanjemoy Community Center (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy    

Charles County Public Libraries

 (All branches:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m; Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata

P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village Street, Waldorf

Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head

Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf   

Pools are available as cooling centers during summer months:

Outdoor Pools (Monday through Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon– 6 p.m.)

La Plata High School, 6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata

Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf

McDonough High School, 7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret

Indoor Pools

Monday through Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf

North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf

Monday through Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon– 5 p.m.

Lackey High School, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd, Indian Head


*Operating hours may be different during Holidays or emergency closures. 


For additional Emergency Preparedness information, please go to www.ready.gov or click the below picture for information on preparedness month 2019.