Crisis Control – Principles and Practice at #MACoCon

At the MACo Winter Conference, an expert panel explained how policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges. Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social and economic inequity, aging infrastructure, cyber threats, and humanitarian crises. By enhancing communication and collaboration with local emergency managers, policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges.…

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Hogan Activates Emergency Response Operations For Winter Storm, Urges Caution For Holiday Travel

Governor Larry Hogan announced that the state activated emergency response operations ahead of the winter storm that is set to enter the region beginning overnight. With the storm expected to create hazardous conditions, state officials are urging Marylanders to monitor the forecast closely and adjust holiday travel plans as necessary, building in extra time in case of delays. “We have activated emergency response operations in anticipation of this winter storm, which we view as a…

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Matt Fleming to Lead Annapolis and Anne Arundel Resilience Authority

Former DNR Asst. Sect. Matt Fleming has been tapped as the first Executive Director of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.  Anne Arundel County recently named Matt Fleming as the new Executive Director of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. According to the press release: “Building communities that are resilient to the impacts of climate change is at the top of our list of priorities in this term,” said…

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Calvert Implements Innovative Cost Recovery Program for EMS

Starting in 2023, Calvert County will implement a new and more efficient system to seek reimbursements for EMS calls.  The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently announced that they have accepted a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with many of the county’s volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) departments to implement a centralized EMS transport billing system. EMS transport billing enables fire, rescue and EMS companies to recover some of the costs…

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#MACoCon Must: Crisis Control – Principles and Practice

Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social and economic inequity, aging infrastructure, cyber threats, and humanitarian crises. At the 2023 MACo Winter Conference, an expert panel will explain how policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges. Crisis Control – Principles and Practice Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social…

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FCC Updates Rules to Improve 9-1-1 Reliability

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to promote public safety by ensuring that 9-1-1  centers receive timely and accurate notifications of network disruptions that affect 9-1-1 service. These notifications will help 9-1-1 centers maintain emergency services and inform the public when to use alternatives to call 9-1-1. According to the FCC: One of the ways the Commission oversees the integrity of 9-1-1 communications infrastructure is by requiring service providers to report network outages…

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FEMA Accepting Nominations for EMX Program

FEMA is accepting nominations for the Emergency Manager Exchange (EMX) Program. The EMX Program brings state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers and government officials to Washington, D.C., to work with FEMA leadership on developing and implementing policies and programs. This exchange allows FEMA and its partners a new way to collaborate in support of emergency management priorities. The program benefits FEMA and its partners as they develop essential priorities, share diverse and dedicated workforces,…

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Harford Expands Volunteer Fire and EMS Pension Benefits

To celebrate National First Responders Day, Harford officials highlight the expansion of pension and student loan benefits for fire and EMS volunteers.  Harford County celebrated National First Responders Day, October 28, with a proclamation in honor of those who help others in an emergency. In addition, legislation proposed by County Executive Barry Glassman, and approved by the County Council earlier this month, expanded eligibility for the county’s volunteer fire and EMS providers to qualify for…

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Counties Get Millions for Emergency Preparedness, Counterterrorism Efforts

The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) has distributed more than $10.87 million to help counties defend against terrorist attacks. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the award in May, and MDEM recently announced its distribution to partners in Maryland. “The safety of Maryland and the protection of our residents is a top priority for MDEM, and federal funding is vital to help our state and its local jurisdictions to remain prepared against…

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