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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 …


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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 …

Governor Hogan announces Maryland’s official designation for SBA economic injury loans during COVID-19 pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that Maryland has received official designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SBA, the loans will help alleviate financial strain and allow businesses to pay bills, payroll, …

Gov. Hogan: Preakness, primary election postponed; emissions stations to be used for drive-thru coronavirus testing

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Tuesday morning regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At the news briefing, Governor Hogan announced that the state’s April 28 primary elections would be postponed until June 2nd. The State Board of Elections will develop a comprehensive plan to conduct this election. Maryland will proceed with the special general election for the …

Governor Hogan shuts down all bars and restaurants, reopening closed hospitals [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held an emergency press conference on Monday morning to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At Monday’s briefing, the governor announced that he had signed an executive order closing all bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms as of 5 p.m. on Monday.  Delivery and carry-out services will remain unaffected. Gatherings will be limited to 50 people, consistent …