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Governor Hogan announces statewide efforts to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias, Marylanders urged to exercise caution

For the latest Tropical Storm Isaias coverage, click here. ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the East Coast braces for Tropical Storm Isaias, Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday that the State of Maryland has activated a government-wide response to prepare for severe conditions. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for most jurisdictions, in addition to several severe weather watches and warnings …


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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 …


Tropical Storm Isaias projected path shows potential for significant flooding in Maryland

UPDATE 3: A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect. UPDATE 2: A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Nottingham area. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Nottingham area. Original story below… ——— NOTTINGHAM, MD—Hurricane Isaias has become a tropical storm once again, but forecasters on Sunday said the odds of …

MEMA: Be prepared for effects of COVID-19 on 2020 hurricane season

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is updating response procedures to include COVID-19 components as it plans for the 2020 hurricane season, and encourages Maryland residents to do the same. Disasters will not wait because of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and evacuation, sheltering, and access to essential preparedness items will be different than in years past. “We …

MEMA launches COVID-19 rumor control page

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, and the Maryland Department of Information Technology, on Tuesday launched the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page. Marylander residents can access the new page here. “As part of the State Response to COVID-19, MEMA stood up its Joint Information Center to provide the right information to …

MEMA expands hours for medical, cleaning supply donations

BALTIMORE, MD—Disaster relief agencies have extended the operating hours of the four locations around the state to accept donations of specialized medical equipment and some cleaning supplies to support COVID-19 response efforts. Maryland Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the Adventist Community Services (ACS) have partnered to coordinate the collection and dissemination of these vital supplies. These efforts are …

MEMA to issue Wireless Emergency Alert on Monday afternoon

BALTIMORE, MD—On Monday afternoon, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send state residents a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). The alert system is used to send important, life-saving information to Marylanders. The WEA is meant to alert residents  to Governor Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order that was issued on Monday morning. What you need to know about WEAs: WEAs can be sent …

Maryland receives Major Disaster Declaration from federal government

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced on Thursday night that the State of Maryland had received a Major Disaster Declaration from the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier on Thursday, Maryland reported 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19—an increase of 157 new cases, the largest one-day increase to date. The number of confirmed cases in the National Capital Region …