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MEMA prepares for Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is encouraging Maryland residents to participate in the The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill occurring across the country on October 15 at 10:15 a.m. Although the current pandemic has changed the way many Marylanders accomplish day-to-day activities, citizens can still participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut 2020 earthquake drill from home, work, or school. “Even …


Sci-Tech, Weather

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 …


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 …

Governor Hogan announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ initiative, appoints anti-human trafficking director

Governor Larry Hogan has announced a pair of important new initiatives over the past week, one aimed at improving safety in schools and the other aimed at putting an end to human trafficking. Safe Schools Maryland Governor Hogan has announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school …

Governor Hogan announces statewide flood response efforts

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has directed Maryland state agencies to coordinate and work together to keep Marylanders safe and informed following Sunday’s severe weather, which included extensive and persistent rain, major flooding, and power outages in multiple locations throughout the state. Ellicott City in Howard County was particularly devastated by this weather event, which also included significant flooding in …

Governor Larry Hogan declares State of Emergency

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in response to heavy rain and severe flooding in Ellicott City and areas across the state of Maryland. The executive order will allow the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional assistance to local jurisdictions experiencing flooding conditions. “Less than two years …

Mobile devices around Capital Region to receive test alert Thursday as agencies conduct test

People who will be in or near the National Capital Region on Thursday, April 5, between 10-11 a.m. will be part of a regional Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) System test. Cell phones or other mobile devices in the area will receive the following message: “A test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts System. No action required.” WEA triggers a loud noise …

Winter Storm Warning expanded, 6 to 12 inches of snow possible for Baltimore area

The Nottingham area is preparing for what will likely be its biggest snowfall since the blizzard of 2016. Forecasters are now predicting that Baltimore County could see 6 to 12 inches of snow, starting Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday evening. Baltimore’s BWI Airport has not recorded at least three inches of snow since the blizzard of 2016. The National …