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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Tracking COVID-19 Through Wastewater?

States are considering testing wastewater to indicate where coronavirus cases are located, and possibly even predict the next hot spot. The EPA is currently conducting a pilot research project. With test kits still not at the levels health experts would like, and a belief that there are many COVID-19 positive individuals that remain asymptomatic, environmental agencies are investigating the feasibility of testing wastewater to indicate the number of positive cases in communities. The EPA is…

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Anne Arundel Announces New Emergency Management Director

Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Preeti Emrick as the County's new Director of Emergency Management. As Director of  the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Emrick will oversee the agencies efforts that range from preparing comprehensive emergency management plans to coordination efforts with County, State, Federal, and non-governmental agencies on recovery efforts. “Preeti has shown outstanding leadership during this pandemic,” said County Executive Pittman. “Her familiarity with our county, her experience in hospital…

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Howard County Appoints New Fire Chief

County Executive Calvin Ball announced William Anuszewski as Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services Chief effective May 25, 2020. Anuszewski has been serving as Acting Chief since March. From Howard County's press release: “We have no doubt Chief Anuszewski will continue to lead Fire and Rescue Services with the steady wisdom and experience of his 30-year career,” said Ball. “He stepped into the role of Acting Chief just as this public health crisis…

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CDC Issues “Re-Opening” Guidelines

The US Centers for Disease Control has issues a 60-page document, outlining guidelines for "re-opening" of businesses and activities amidst coronavirus concerns. The CDC document, released this week, spells out steps for schools, businesses and other facilities - both public and private - to take as they contemplate opening in the wake of virus-driven closures. Its release follows some widely reported back-and-forth about its specifics. See CNN coverage. Read the full CDC Document online.

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Montgomery Issues Over $1 Million in Food Access Grants

Montgomery County has issued a total of $1.2 million in food assistance grants to local non-profits providing food to vulnerable families. A total of 38 grants ranging from nearly $7,000 to $60,000 have been awarded to local nonprofits such as the Salvation Army, the Jewish Council for the Aging, and the Washington Youth Foundation. The grants are made possible through a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Montgomery…

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TODAY: NACo Webinar on Federal Reimbursements

The National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with Witt O'Briens, will host a webinar today (Monday, May 4), for NACo members affected by COVID-19. This webinar will cover the dozen federal funding streams available to local governments for COVID-19 aid, including which programs may be used to cover various costs, how they interact with CARES funding, and how to prepare to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursements. WEBINAR DETAILS What: Accessing the…

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FEMA Opens Application Period for Firefighter Grant Programs

The application period is now open for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's three major firefighter grant programs.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week announced the availability of FY 2020 grant funding for career and volunteer fire departments. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants support the recruitment and retention of firefighters. The Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from…

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MEMA Launches COVID-19 Rumor Control Page

New COVID-19 Rumor Control Page seeks to empower Marylanders to call out false information, promote facts. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), recently launched the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page. https://twitter.com/MDMEMA/status/1247609620283219969 “As part of the State Response to COVID-19, MEMA stood up its Joint Information Center to provide the right information to the right people at the…

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Queen Anne’s County Produces COVID-19 Video Series

Queen Anne's County has created a series of YouTube videos in an effort to dispel rumors and resolve questions surrounding Maryland's COVID-19 pandemic response. The videos, which can be found on the QACTV YouTube page, address a number of concerns ranging from safe shopping tips while social distancing, to answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Governor's Stay at Home Directive. There's also a video with the county's Economic and Tourism Development Director, Heather Tinelli,…

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