The Department of Emergency Services offers disaster preparedness planning, risk mitigation and incident recovery services. The department provides emergency medical and animal control services. It also maintains a false alarm reduction unit that responds to more than 10,000 false alarms each year. The Department of Emergency Services Local Emergency Planning Committee receives information about accidental releases of hazardous chemicals and ensures compliance with emergency response plans. Its Tri-County Animal Shelter houses lost and stray animals. The department also operates the 911 Fire/EMS Communications Division, which provides 24-hour emergency services. It additionally has a tactical response team. The Department of Emergency Services is governed by Charles County Government in Maryland.