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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