Next Generation 9-1-1 Core Services – What Does This Mean for Maryland?

Motorola Solutions will host a session on Next Generation 9-1-1 progress and how it will impact Maryland at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III…

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Let Me See That (IT) Timesheet

Public safety answering point directors focus on ways to get those most out of information technology contracts and personnel at their meeting in central Maryland. A heated discussion at the Emergency Communication Committee meeting revealed the ongoing and inevitable struggle between dollars for people, and dollars for technology felt in so many county departments, and certainly in public safety answering points in the processing of upgrading to next generation 9-1-1. In the wake of legislation…

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Cecil Dept of Emergency Services Launches “Ready Cecil” App

The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services (DES) today announced the official launch of the Ready Cecil preparedness mobile application. The app was specifically designed to encourage the residents of Cecil County to be prepared and protect themselves and their loved ones in the case of a disaster. The app includes a module that will help community members create and share personalized family emergency plans and identify and gather the necessary supplies. Residents will be…

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Prepare Today for the 2019 Hurricane Season

FEMA Region III, serving the Mid-Atlantic region, advises residents and governments to be prepared for the storm season ahead - with specific tips to help you be ready. Everyone should know their risk for hurricanes and take steps to prepare. “We continue to work with all of our partners to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “The past few years have seen hurricanes impact states across the…

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New Look 9-1-1 – Everything Will Change… Except the Numbers

The Maryland General Assembly this year approved (and Governor Hogan signed) SB 339/ HB 397, Public Safety – 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Carl Henn’s Law), a 2019 MACo Legislative Initiative to update state laws, and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system. But the legislation is only the first step in ensuring a timely, well-coordinated, consistent, and secure rollout of a…

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The County Program: Local Duties, Local Powers

State preemption of local laws, in particular those laws seeking to advance health, environment, and community preservation aims, is a national issue. This article is the first in a series exploring local government powers, their preemption, and implications for Maryland. What Makes Maryland #Countystrong? As compared with other states in the US, Maryland’s county governments have a relatively large role in the delivery of public services. This is in part because Maryland, unlike other states,…

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Wantz to Serve on FEMA Regional Advisory Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently appointed Carroll County Board of Commissioners President Stephen A. Wantz to the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in Region III. Along with working to improve communication and coordination between emergency managers and first responders, the council focuses on enhancing preparedness for future disasters. FEMA Region III, which represents the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pensylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, coordinates closely with the Private Sector to ensure the sharing…

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Howard Unveils Ellicott City Flood Mitigation Plan

Yesterday, as part of his Safe and Sound plan, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced his decision on a comprehensive flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City. Last month, Ball presented the five best options to address flooding and solicited public comment from residents, both online and at a community meeting. After careful consideration, County Executive Ball chose Option 3G.7.0. The plan includes a range of key projects, including a North Tunnel, that will decrease flood…

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Governor Signs MACo’s NG911 Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan today signed SB 339/ HB 397, Public Safety – 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Carl Henn’s Law), a 2019 MACo Legislative Initiative to update state laws, and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system. Carl Henn's Law was introduced at the request of the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Cheryl…

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MACo’s Next Gen 9-1-1 Bill Being Signed Tomorrow
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Harford County Barry Glassman, and MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally present testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
MACo’s Next Gen 9-1-1 Bill Being Signed Tomorrow

One of MACo's top priorities for the 2019 session, advancing Next Generation 9-1-1 Services Across Maryland, will become law at the April 30 bill signing. The signing of hundreds of bills, scheduled to start at 11am, will seal a broad-based effort by many stakeholders who helped advance the much-needed efforts. HB 397 and SB 339 were the two identical bills that both made the critical system improvements needed, and received broad bipartisan support. County officials…

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