Resources For Emergency Responders

The following documents are provided to assist members of the emergency response community in the performance of their duties. Check back often for new materials or the latest revisions of these resources.

  1. Fire and Police Guide to the Handling of Suspicious Packages or Letters (Revision 2, October 25, 2001): This document, developed by MDE and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), recommends procedures for fire and police responders in the handling incidents involving "white powder" or suspected contamination by anthrax or other substances. 

  2. Guidelines for Collecting Qualitative Environmental Samples of Anthrax (Revision 1, October 31, 2001): This document is intended for the use of state and local personnel in Maryland who are called upon to collect environmental samples to be analyzed for the presence of anthrax. The methods described are for the collection of qualitative samples; i.e. samples which will be used only to determine the presence or absence of anthrax and not to quantify the amount of anthrax present at a particular location. 

  3. MDE Spill Report​: This form is to be used for reporting of spills of oil or hazardous materials in Maryland. Instructions for its use are found on the form. 

  4. EPA HAZMAT Team Planning Guidance (EPA 540/G-90/003): This EPA document provides helpful guidance to local jurisdictions who may wish to establish a hazardous materials response team.


The following Internet links are provided as a service to members of the response community and do not constitute an endorsement of any product or service.

Training Links

Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

EPA Training Exchange

Center for Domestic Preparedness

Emergency Response Training Center--Pueblo, Colorado

Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

U.S. Fire Administration

Maryland Response Partners

Harford County HAZMAT Team

Montgomery County HAZMAT Team

Washington County Special Operations

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

EPA Region III Hazardous Site Cleanup Division

U.S. Coast Guard Activities Baltimore

National Hazardous Materials Links

U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force

National Response Team

National Response Center

Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Partners

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC)

Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant

Exelon Corporation


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