State COVID Emergency: Still on Target for Mid-August Full Phase-Out

Despite some potentially confusing wording and actions, the full phase-out of the State's declared COVID emergency remains on track for August 15. In June, the Governor announced his intention to end the COVID emergency declaration, and cited a 45-day period for an orderly resumption of timetables and provisions related to the emergency itself. See coverage on Conduit Street: While Marylanders are still encouraged to get vaccinated and to maintain sensible behavior, the State of Maryland…

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Royal Plus Inc. Offers Tips on How to Prepare for Hurricane Season.

Royal Plus Inc. offers tips on how to prepare for hurricane season. At Royal Plus Inc., they strive to relieve the stress and uncertainty by providing answers fortified by decades of experience. They recognize that disasters can be traumatizing and alarming for customers so we plan every step to make their catastrophe a distant memory. They help turn life back on by providing customers affected by natural and man-made disasters with 24/7 emergency and disaster…

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NENA Releases New i3 Standard for NG911

i3v3 Accelerates the Drive Toward 21st-Century 9-1-1 Services. North America’s leading 9-1-1 standards-development body today approved a landmark new version of its Next Generation 9-1-1 standard, a move that will accelerate the transition to smarter, faster, and more resilient emergency response. Version 3 of the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) i3 Standard for Next Generation 9-1-1 includes key updates to NG911 infrastructure, paving the way for interoperability on a national and international scale. “This is a landmark…

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Building a Vertical Vision in Times of Crisis: Leveraging Federal and State Emergency Resources

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. Emergency management is a year-round process, a constant loop of preparation, training, testing, and revision that strengthens community preparedness and resilience. A strong partnership among state and local agencies is vital to emergency preparedness and response. Building a Vertical…

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FCC/FEMA Emergency Communications Tips

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer the following tips for communities to seamlessly and securely communicate during emergency operations to keep residents safe, secure, and resilient during times of crisis. Preparing for an emergency Traditional telephone service may work during electric power outages, though you may need to use a "corded" phone. Many cordless home phones rely on electric power to operate. Know what type of landline telephone…

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Howard To Direct Some Emergency Calls to Mental Health Services, Not Police

Howard County is the latest jurisdiction to adopt a new first-tier option for emergency response, plugging in mental health services among the responses available through the 9-1-1 call center when more appropriate than police. https://youtu.be/2XLXsqxR8nI Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will partner to defer non-emergency mental health 911 calls to counselors. The new program, known as “Communications Initiated Referral to Crisis” (CIRC), begins July 1, 2021 and allows dispatchers to divert qualifying…

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Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

Emergency Mandates and Restrictions to End July 1, Followed By 45-Day Administrative Grace Period Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%. Local governments may still set their own public health policies pursuant to their authority under state and local law. “Thanks in large part to the hard…

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2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts on Heels of Record Year

Marylanders in Coastal, Tidal Areas Should “Know Your Zone” The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season is underway, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents that even as the effects of the pandemic begin to wane, COVID-19 precautions should still be a part of emergency planning. In addition, residents who live near the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and along the tidal Potomac should be familiar with the state’s Know Your Zone evacuation…

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Bay Bridge Traffic Already Building, Queen Anne’s Ready With Contingency Plans

This Summer local leaders in Queen Anne's County are anticipating a need to use strong measures to keep residents safe and traffic flowing. Seasonal beach traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has long created gridlock during the Summer months, generating delays for commuters, visitors, and critically import emergency first responders. Popular navigation apps divert travelers off of U.S. Route 50 and onto side roads to avoid traffic. The large increase in volume on smaller roads…

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Maryland NG911 Commission Set to Reconvene

For a fourth and final year, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will reconvene (virtually) to continue its work in guiding Maryland's ambitious and important move toward NG911, delivering these services equitably across the state, and adopting policies and protocols consistent with evolving technology and operational needs. "Shifting to NextGen 9-1-1 won't happen overnight-- it is a complex and expensive process," said Commission Chair Senator Cheryl Kagan. "Our Commission…

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