Maryland Receives Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Crisis

Governor Larry Hogan announced tonight that Maryland has received a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration means that Maryand is eligible to be reimbursed for the Emergency Protective Measures taken by state and local government agencies and certain non-profit groups under its Public Assistance program under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Earlier today, Maryland reported 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 157 new cases, which…

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Baltimore County Requests National Guard Assistance to Support COVID-19 Response

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today requested Maryland National Guard support in Baltimore County to provide humanitarian and emergency management assistance to County government as it continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://twitter.com/BaltCoGov/status/1242128963239059456 “We’ve asked for the Guard’s help to support our County’s evolving response to this unprecedented pandemic,” Olszewski said. “These are neighbors from our communities who are here to support us all during this uncertain time. We’ll continue to work hand-in-hand with…

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2020 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Services and Intergovernmental Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the policy areas of emergency services and intergovernmental relations in the 2020 General Assembly.  County governments lead the delivery of public safety services in Maryland – with responsibility for county fire, police, and emergency services. MACo’s advocacy in the area of emergency services includes urging needed state support for county public safety services such as 9-1-1 call centers, front-line county services, and natural disaster…

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FEMA Takes Lead on Federal Response to Coronavirus: Here’s What You Need to Know

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now leads operations on behalf of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which oversees the overall federal government response to the pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will continue to oversee the health and medical response. FEMA regional administrators will continue to coordinate closely with governors, state emergency managers, and state public health officials to determine the type and level of support necessary at the state…

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County Leaders Urge Use of Schools For Essential Staff Childcare Services

In a letter to Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, leaders from Maryland's largest jurisdictions are urging her to allow the use of closed schools for child care services for essential staff and health care workers during this coronavirus crisis. As detailed in the letter: As you know, every county in Maryland is working to put in place child care services for our essential staff and health workers during the school closure period. We…

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NACo Calls on Congress to Send Coronavirus Resources Directly to Counties

In a letter to congressional leadership, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has urged for a portion of critical coronavirus resources to flow directly to nation's 3,069 counties: Counties nationwide are committed to working with both Congress and the Administration to advance legislation that assists with the mitigation of this public health crisis and its potential far-reaching economic, health, and safety impacts on our nation. We respectfully urge that a portion of the federal resources…

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Counties Share: Community Resources During Coronavirus Shutdown

With news surrounding the coronavirus changing day-by-day, Maryland's counties are taking steps to keep residents informed. Many are sharing information daily through their social media channels, and making regular updates to their websites as new information becomes available. Keep scrolling for more information on county actions to combat the coronavirus. Allegany County https://www.facebook.com/acpsmd/posts/1349528371912400 https://www.facebook.com/acpsmd/posts/1348509892014248 Anne Arundel County https://twitter.com/AACountyGovt/status/1239236747210510337 https://twitter.com/nileshkal/status/1238798635632070656 https://twitter.com/aacpscuisine/status/1239262637713694723 Baltimore County https://twitter.com/BaltCoGov/status/1239562675090268161 https://twitter.com/BaltCoPS/status/1239193808593657856 Baltimore City https://twitter.com/mayorbcyoung/status/1239271981910044672 https://twitter.com/BaltCityHall/status/1239589770264752129 https://twitter.com/bmorechildren/status/1239607049534701571 Calvert County https://www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd/posts/10157534898471758 Caroline County https://twitter.com/CarolineCoPS/status/1239371022991863812…

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MD, VA, District Leaders Call for President to Prioritize Capital Region’s COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Governors of Maryland and Virginia and the Mayor of the District of Columbia are calling on President Trump to add the National Capital Region to the priority locations for federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites. Together with @GovLarryHogan and @GovernorVA, we request that @realDonaldTrump adds the National Capital Region to the priority locations for federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites. Read more below. pic.twitter.com/2OrQwvqX5u — Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 16, 2020  

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MACo Supports Next Steps Toward NG911

MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally this week testified in support of HB 934 (CF SB 838) - Public Safety - 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System before the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill will help Maryland continue its move toward Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911), deliver these services equitably across the state, and generally strengthens the statutory framework that governs the state’s 9-1-1 system. From the MACo Testimony: HB 934 ensures that state and local 9-1-1 revenues are allocated…

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