MEMA Introduces #MdListo Text Alert Program in Spanish

Expands #MdReady to Better Reach Hispanic Community Before, During, and After Emergencies The Maryland Emergency Management (MEMA) announced today it has expanded its existing text alert program, #MdReady, in partnership with 211-MD so users can receive text alerts in Spanish. #MdReady allows people to opt-in to receive updates, tips, and alerts about COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland. #MdListo is its counterpart in Spanish. “With #MdListo we will be…

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Hogan Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Damages Caused by Tropical Storm Isaias

State Agencies, Three Counties Would be Eligible for Reimbursements Governor Larry Hogan today requested the White House issue a Major Disaster Declaration to assist communities impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias in August. The request, made through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Public Assistance disaster relief program, would provide financial assistance to Calvert, Dorchester, and St. Mary’s counties and state agencies for repairs to public infrastructure, and reimburse for measures taken to prepare for and…

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MD Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Firefighters in Southern Maryland

Yesterday, Congressman Steny Hoyer along with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced more than one million dollars in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Southern Maryland. $576,562.77 will go to firefighters and first responders in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters program. An additional $493,500 in funding for Calvert County firefighters from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)…

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Queen Anne’s Earns American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award

The Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services (DES) this week received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Gold Award. The County earned the award — which recognizes the implementation of quality improvement measures for the treatment of heart attack patients — for the third year in a row. The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training, and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s…

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Worcester Names New Emergency Management Planner
WCES Emergency Planner Laraine Buck (photo courtesy of Worcester County Government)
Worcester Names New Emergency Management Planner

The Worcester County Commissioners this week named Laraine Buck as the new emergency management planner at Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES). Buck, who joined WCES last May, will take the lead in planning, developing, and maintaining the Worcester County Emergency Operations Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, and other emergency management and Homeland Security related plans, policies, procedures, guidelines, and documents. She will also oversee emergency instructional materials and public programs, including Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).…

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FEMA Announces $660M for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week announced that the application period for $660 million in FY 2020 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants will open on September 30. States and local governments will be eligible to apply for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grants. $500 million will be available through the BRIC program to provide funding to implement pre-disaster mitigation activities that reduce…

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Maryland Census Celebrates Champions

The Maryland Census has developed a new initiative known as Census Champions to celebrate individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond to promote the census in their community. Census Champions are selected from nominations submitted to the Maryland Census office, and recipients are posted on their website. Here are some of the recipients: For more information on Maryland 2020 Census Champions, or to make a nomination, visit the Maryland Census website.

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Is Your Communications System Ready for the Unexpected?

It's hurricane season, and Motorola Solutions (a MACo Gold Corporate Partner) wants to make sure your communications systems are prepared to protect your community. To help, they've created a checklist you can use when preparing for the next natural disaster. From Motorola Solutions: Motorola Solutions has been working with local, state and federal governments for more than 90 years to provide the communication technologies people rely on before, during and after hurricanes. Below are tips…

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Anne Arundel Receives Federal Funds to Expand Food/Shelter Programs

Anne Arundel County will receive a total of $167,575 in federal funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs across the County. A Local Board made up of Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, American Red Cross, United Way, ACDS, Mental Health Agency, and select others will determine how the funds awarded to the county are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.…

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