Police/Fire

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company awarded $124,500 FEMA SAFER grant

WHITE MARSH, MD—The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $124,500 Federal Emergency Management Agency SAFER grant. WMVFC officials announced the grant on Wednesday afternoon. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of …


Police/Fire, Weather

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 …


Tornado activity, flooding chances increase as Ida remnants approach Maryland

UPDATE: Governor Larry Hogan has directed MEMA to raise the state activation level and all Baltimore County Public Schools will dismiss three hours early on Wednesday. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—Severe weather is likely on Wednesday and into Thursday as the remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ida move through Maryland. The Baltimore County Department of Emergency Management says that the …

FEMA to conduct test of Emergency Alert System next week

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) next week. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 11th. The Wireless …

New ‘Destructive’ Severe Thunderstorm Warning category to trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on mobile phones

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will become a bit more specific later this month, depending upon their severity. Beginning on July 28, the National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by adding a “damage threat” tag to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, similar to current Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings. The NWS has developed …

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 …