Emergency Preparedness

The Baltimore Emergency Communication Network (BECON) provides a fast, robust, and effective mechanism for public-private sector communication in an emergency. The system allows the government and businesses to efficiently exchange critical information and coordinate response and recovery activities to better serve the citizens of Baltimore.

The City will send out an alert to notify members of emergency conditions, provide instructions on protective actions, solicit information about facility status, request assistance, or arrange for additional coordination by conference call or other means.

Emergency Kit:

You should be ready to manage the most common crises affecting our region – weather-related power and water outages – if you have certain basic supplies. Buy these three essentials first:

  • A battery-powered radio with extra batteries. If the power goes out, a battery-powered radio is the only way to receive information.
  • Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries. These are essential even during relatively brief power outages. (Don't use candles! They pose a serious fire risk.)
  • Water to last three days. That’s at least one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Mark the date on the container, and replace it every six months.

To have free smoke alarms installed in your home, please call 311.

To inquire about smoke alarms for the visually impaired, please call the Office of the Fire Marshal - Baltimore City Fire Department (410-396-5752).

The Baltimore City Fire Department does not have a CO Detector (carbon monoxide) give-away program. There are none available at this time and there is no budget to acquire any. Please contact the Office of Fire Marshal, Baltimore City Fire Department for any special considerations. 

We currently refer persons to contact the John Hopkins safety center to get a CO alarm at or below cost:

Johns Hopkins CARES Safety Center
Phone: (410) 955-4121
Fax: (410) 614-2797
Email: [email protected]
Website: HopkinsCARES.org

For more emergency preparedness information, please visit the Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management.