MACo: Streamline Communications Between State & Counties in Times of Crisis

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally yesterday testified in support of SB 68 – Maryland Department of Emergency Management – Establishment before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. This bill would elevate the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to a Cabinet-level entity, increasing its capacity to work with local jurisdictions in times of crisis.

From the MACo Testimony:

As a Cabinet-level entity, MEMA will be in a strong position to work directly with county
emergency management offices to develop scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts and to
better align key roles and responsibilities when disasters strike. This partnership will ensure thecontinuity of government in the face of an innumerable number of catastrophic events.

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