Emergency Preparedness

Best Practices - Civil Unrest 

BOMA Baltimore’s Emergency Preparedness Committee held a civil unrest panel program in September and a flyer was developed by the committee with some best practices when dealing with future occurences of civil unrest. Click here to download the PDF of best practices from the Member's Only area of the website.

Fire Safety Tips for Building Owners/Operators/Tenants:

Nearly 5,000 fires per day take place during the summer, which ranks second in fire incidence rates compared to other seasons, according to the United States Fire Administration. With company cookouts, extra wear and tear on cooling and landscaping equipment, etc. commercial buildings become more vulnerable to fire damage during the summer months.

Here are six tips to help decrease the risk of your building(s) experiencing a summertime fire and staff safe during the dog days of summer.

1) HVAC Maintenance:
Dust can settle over capacitors and other electrical components, which can cause tracking faults and create fires. Running multiple cooling units together consistently and for long periods of time can result in overloading and overheating, which also presents an opportunity for fires to start. Schedule your HVAC summer maintenance now.

2) Exhaust Fan Cleaning:
Clean out your exhaust fans regularly and clear debris out of the vents. Avoid running fans consistently for long periods.

3) Lawn Mower Care:
Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule on all mowing equipment. Remember to regularly remove debris and grass clippings from cutting units, mufflers, and engines. Never refuel a lawn mower if it’s overheated.

4) Gas Storage:
Fire risk is heightened by high ambient temperatures and relief valves that open at too-low pressures. It is best to store gas cylinders upright and never indoors.

5) Grilling Safety:
If you keep a grill on site for company cookouts keep it away from your facility and any overhanging branches. Maintain a safe zone of 3 feet around the grill. Regularly remove grease and gat buildup from grills and trays below grilling components. Never leave a grill unattended no matter what.

6) Alarm Audits:
Your preventive maintenance should include fire alarm testing. Replace any old or burned out batteries regularly. A certified fire protection provider can help you streamline your fire protection program and keep track of required inspections.

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Committee Information

Mission:  The mission of the Preparedness Committee is to support BOMA members' information needs regarding life safety and security measures, facilitate communication between BOMA members and tenants, support government agency needs, and facilitate communication between those entities and BOMA members.

Purpose:  Plan and implement educational programs, seminars and workshops, and the distribution of information that provides assistance to members on issues concerning emergency preparedness, safety, and security matters. Communicate with members regarding preparedness and crime trends, prevention, and awareness. Government agency liaison and support with BOMA is coordinated through this committee.

This page contains links to emergency preparedness resources in Baltimore City and the following counties: Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Harford.

Emergency Resources

State/Federal County/City

Maryland Emergency Management Agency
MEMA 877-636-2872 www.mema.maryland.gov

Anne Arundel County

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA 202-646-2500 www.fema.gov

Baltimore City

Center for Disease Control
CDC 800-232-4636 www.cdc.gov

Baltimore County

Department of Homeland Security
DHS www.dhs.gov

Harford County

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA - National Weather www.weather.gov

Howard County

American Red Cross


Please contact Erika Palmer or Julian Taylor for more information regarding the Emergency Preparedness Committee.

DHS Campaign: Reminder to Report Suspicious Activity

The Department of Homeland Security has a program called "If You See Something, Say Something" to encourage people to report suspicious activity. DHS has provided flyers for Baltimore area building owners, property managers, tenant representatives, etc. for use in "back of the house" areas such as break rooms, lunch rooms, and another other appropriate areas. These posters should not be displayed in public areas such as elevators, foyers, or hallways. To obtain a flyer, please visit the Members Only area of our web site or email [email protected]omabaltimore.org with your request.