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Unemployed Marylanders to begin receiving extra $300 payments this week

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Wednesday announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, offering claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits, will be launching ahead of schedule this Friday, September 11th. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management …


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FEMA announces lost wages grant for Maryland

WASHINGTON, DC—On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the state of Maryland agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor …


State of Maryland applies for additional $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits

UPDATE: Maryland’s request has been approved by FEMA – details here. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Maryland has submitted an application to the Federal Emergency Management Administration for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant, which will provide an additional $300 per week to Marylanders who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Maryland …

MEMA urges preparedness as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency and affiliated state agencies are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias as it heads toward Maryland. Even though the storm is currently not a hurricane, Marylanders should be prepared for potential flooding, tidal surge in low lying areas, and tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 miles per hour). READ MORE: Tropical Storm Warning now …

Governor Hogan acts to address COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, gives update on unemployment website [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced an expanded testing strategy and aggressive new actions to address outbreaks of COVID-19 at poultry processing plants and nursing homes in Maryland. As Maryland continues to plan for the recovery phase, the state will target and isolate outbreaks and clusters of cases, redouble attention and resources on hotspot areas, and increase mitigation efforts …

Governor Hogan announces state hiring freeze, budget freeze [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Friday afternoon to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After his announcement earlier this week, the governor says Maryland’s “strike teams” have responded to nine nursing homes across the state and  fifteen group homes for medically fragile children. The teams will now be sent to assisted living facilities as well. The governor …

Governor Hogan orders closure of non-essential businesses

UPDATE: County Executive Johnny Olszewski has requested Maryland National Guard support in Baltimore County. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Monday morning in which he announced further efforts to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Governor Hogan is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses effective at 5 p.m. on Monday. This is not …

Governor Hogan proclaims inaugural Maryland Winter Safety Week

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Maryland State Police (MSP), and local and state emergency management coordinators to encourage all Marylanders to learn more about winter safety and …