Business, Politics

MEMA becomes Maryland Department of Emergency Management

REISTERSTOWN, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency will become the Maryland Department of Emergency Management effective Friday, October 1, 2021. It will be a principal department reporting directly to the Governor’s office, and will have greater flexibility to handle administrative functions, especially during emergencies. As part of this transition, the Maryland 9-1-1 Board will become part of the newly established department. …


Politics, Weather

Governor Hogan requests presidential disaster declaration due to Tropical Depression Ida damage

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that he has requested a presidential disaster declaration for the State of Maryland as a result of tornadoes and severe flash flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida. The governor designated the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as the state coordinating agency for the request. “As our communities continue to recover …


Governor Hogan directs MEMA to raise state activation level for Tropical Depression Ida

UPDATE: Baltimore County Public Schools will dismiss three hours early on Wednesday. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday made the following announcement regarding the state’s response to Tropical Depression Ida: “This morning, I directed the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to raise its state activation level for Tropical Depression Ida. This will allow MEMA to coordinate an …

Governor Hogan authorizes emergency measures to address Colonial Pipeline incident, gas shortages

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline has initiated a restart of pipeline operations. Original story below… ——— BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday authorized Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Greg Slater to take emergency measures to respond to the Colonial Pipeline incident and ensure continuity of fuel supply throughout the state. “The emergency actions that we are taking will provide the state the …

MEMA launches MdReady WebApp during Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to practice what to do in the event of a tornado as part of Severe Storms Awareness Week, April 5-9, 2021. MEMA is also launching a new mobile website application during the week. The MdReady WebApp replaces the existing Maryland Prepares App and provides instant access to a wide array of …

MEMA launches revamped COVID-19 rumor control page

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency on Monday unveiled a revamped and redesigned rumor control page that will help visitors more easily find accurate information related to the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccinations. It will also allow users to quickly check the accuracy of potential disinformation, misinformation, and rumors. The new page can be found online here and at https://bit.ly/Md-Covid19-Rumors. Visitors …

MEMA secures $19.3 million to prepare for and reduce risks of hazards, disasters, terrorist attacks

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced that it will receive a combined total of $19,331,363 for Fiscal Year 2021 from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The HSGP, NSGP, and EMPG are the three programs that constitute the DHS/FEMA focus on enhancing the …

Additional 2-3″ of snow expected, Maryland State Police respond to over 350 crashes

UPDATE: The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended. Original story below… ——— NOTTINGHAM, MD—A messy winter storm will continue to produce precipitation on Monday and into Tuesday. The National Weather Service says freezing rain and sleet will continue to fall throughout the morning on Monday before changing back to snow. An additional 2 to 3 inches of accumulation are expected …