Howard County Gives Update on Flood Mitigation Plan

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball provided an update on the County's flood mitigation plan Monday. According to an article from WTOP: When Ball took office, the county’s plan, which he inherited, called for 10 historic buildings to be razed in the wake of devastating floods in 2016 and 2018. Ball’s plan reduced the number of buildings that had to be demolished to four. ”To date, we have now acquired nine of those buildings, and under…

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Want to Know More About The Opioid Crisis? Submit Your Questions Now

MACo is now accepting questions for the 2019 Winter Conference Opioid Roundtable.  At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference roundtable, “Foundation of the Future: The County Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis”, Steve Schuh, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center, will be ready to answer them. But you don't have to wait! Submit questions in advance to make sure they get answered at the conference session. Don't miss this opportunity! Please send your questions…

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Washington County Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Training Center

Washington County this week broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art public safety training center. County First Responders -- including police, fire, and emergency services personnel -- will train for increasingly complex emergency scenarios the $11.5 million facility. "One large step in safety, for both our volunteers and the citizens they serve, is the availability of local training, County Administrator Rob Slocum said. "This day would not have happened without our volunteers and elected officials collectively…

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Vitals? Check: Taking the Pulse of Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services

Emergency medical services are in the midst of transition - from an operational and a financial standpoint. The changes ahead could benefit both rural and metropolitan counties in different ways. Learn more at an educational session at MACo's Winter Conference. Details: Session Title: Vitals? Check: Taking the Pulse of Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services Session Description: When the ambulance shows up, the experts take over. But what happens behind the scenes to maintain Maryland’s top-notch emergency…

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Report: Local Law Enforcement Should Have Authority to Mitigate Rogue Drones

Amid an increase in drone activity near airports across the United States, a task force made up of aviation and security experts is urging lawmakers to address safety concerns by boosting funding and extending authority over drones to state and local law enforcement agencies. Reports of potentially hazardous or unlawful drone activity, many of which occurred near airports or aircraft, increased dramatically over the past two years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Last year,…

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Carroll’s “Keeping it Real” Returns for Second Season

Carroll County's "Keeping it Real" is back for a second season. The program, hosted by Commissioner Stephen Wantz, offers a "behind-the-scenes" look at Carroll County Government. In the latest episode, Commissioner Wantz sits down with Tom Coe from the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association to highlight the collaboration between the County and volunteer fire service personnel to address challenges faced by volunteer fire companies and rescue squads across Carroll County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEa4P2aEOMc&feature=youtu.be "Keeping it Real"…

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Role of the Public Highlighted in Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

The Department of Homeland Security released the updated National Emergency Communications Plan– the Nation’s roadmap to ensuring emergency communications interoperability at all levels of government. In 2014, the Maryland Association of Counties advocated improving governance of the State's interoperable emergency communications radio system through the creation of an inclusive Radio Control Board. The Radio Control Board continues to support the 700MHz system with input from county governments who use the system for daily operations and…

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Worcester Launches “Safe Station” in Ocean City

The Worcester County Health Department, in partnership with the Town of Ocean City Fire Department, has launched a “Safe Station” in Ocean City at the 15th Street Fire Station to provide immediate assistance to individuals seeking a path to recovery. The station is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for any individuals seeking treatment services. “This is another pathway for anyone in Worcester who needs help with addiction, another tool in our toolbox…

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Frederick Launches Text Alerts to Enhance Public Safety at Special Events

Frederick County is making it easier for residents to get notified in case of an emergency. The Frederick County Division of Emergency Management announced that Alert Frederick County, the County’s official emergency notification program, now offers an opt-in text service to provide emergency information to attendees of large-scale special events in Frederick County. “We are leveraging technology so the public can stay informed in a way that is easy and convenient to them,” County Executive Jan…

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