Weather

Marylanders urged to plan, remain vigilant as severe weather hits state

REISTERSTOWN, MD—The Maryland Department of Emergency Management is urging all Marylanders to monitor weather conditions and ensure they are prepared for severe weather beginning Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31. The National Weather Service is predicting a range of hazards throughout the state, including heavy rain, coastal and tidal flooding, and gale force winds. “Now is the time to …


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. …


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 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 …

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 …

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 …