Hogan Deploys State Police to Assist with COVID-19 Compliance

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland State Police will expand its COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploy "High Visibility Compliance Units" across Maryland, with additional troopers assigned in each county to work in partnership with local governments to investigate reports of violations of state law. Governor Hogan emphasized the…

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Charles Pursues Establishing Resilience Authority

Charles County is moving forward with plans to create a resilience authority.  The Charles County Commissioners will hold a public hearing in December to consider legislation to create the Resilience Authority of Charles County. Legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly Session with MACo's support that enables local governments to form resilience authorities to aid in the financing of resilience infrastructure projects. As many communities across the State struggle with the impacts of sea level…

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NG911 Commission Meets to Finalize 2020 Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to vote on subcommittee recommendations relating to staffing and training; technology and cybersecurity; oversight and accountability; and funding and structure. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 across Maryland, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative, was established to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment…

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9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 9-1-1 operations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and subcommittee recommendations related to staffing, cybersecurity, oversight, and funding. The Commission’s deliberations will be live-streamed in compliance with Maryland’s Open Meetings law:                           Thursday, October 22, 2020         11:00…

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Feds Award MEMA $2.5 Million to Reduce Risks of Hazards, Disasters

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced this week that it will receive $2,612,302 in federal Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants. MEMA will distribute these funds to local jurisdictions throughout Maryland that are at risk for or have been adversely affected by natural disasters. The grants originate from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA), and fund specific projects that have been identified by local communities as important…

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MEMA Introduces #MdListo Text Alert Program in Spanish

Expands #MdReady to Better Reach Hispanic Community Before, During, and After Emergencies The Maryland Emergency Management (MEMA) announced today it has expanded its existing text alert program, #MdReady, in partnership with 211-MD so users can receive text alerts in Spanish. #MdReady allows people to opt-in to receive updates, tips, and alerts about COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland. #MdListo is its counterpart in Spanish. “With #MdListo we will be…

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Hogan Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Damages Caused by Tropical Storm Isaias

State Agencies, Three Counties Would be Eligible for Reimbursements Governor Larry Hogan today requested the White House issue a Major Disaster Declaration to assist communities impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias in August. The request, made through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Public Assistance disaster relief program, would provide financial assistance to Calvert, Dorchester, and St. Mary’s counties and state agencies for repairs to public infrastructure, and reimburse for measures taken to prepare for and…

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MD Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Firefighters in Southern Maryland

Yesterday, Congressman Steny Hoyer along with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced more than one million dollars in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Southern Maryland. $576,562.77 will go to firefighters and first responders in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters program. An additional $493,500 in funding for Calvert County firefighters from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)…

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Queen Anne’s Earns American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award

The Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services (DES) this week received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Gold Award. The County earned the award — which recognizes the implementation of quality improvement measures for the treatment of heart attack patients — for the third year in a row. The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training, and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s…

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