Business, Sci-Tech

Maryland Department of Emergency Management makes up to $25 million available to local jurisdictions for disaster resiliency projects

REISTERSTOWN, MD—The Resilient Maryland Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF Program), which will provide money to local governments to help pay for hazard mitigation projects, is now open. The program is administered by the Maryland Department of Emergency Management, and the fund was created by legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. “This …


Crime, Police/Fire, Weather

FBI Baltimore Division warns of hurricane-related fraud

BALTIMORE, MD—As assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane lan begins, the FBI Baltimore Division is warning the public about the potential for hurricane-related fraud. Authorities say hurricane or natural disaster damage often provides opportunities for criminals to scam storm victims and those who are assisting victims with recovery. Consumers should be aware of scammers posing as representatives of charities …


Governor Hogan announces $4 million in aid for Tropical Depression Ida relief

UPDATE: The Small Business Administration has approved a disaster declaration for areas affected by Tropical Depression Ida. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced that the State of Maryland is making $4 million in funding available to assist residents and businesses affected by Tropical Depression Ida. In addition, the governor has requested a disaster declaration from …

Governor Hogan requests presidential disaster declaration due to Tropical Depression Ida damage

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that he has requested a presidential disaster declaration for the State of Maryland as a result of tornadoes and severe flash flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida. The governor designated the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as the state coordinating agency for the request. “As our communities continue to recover …

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 …

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 …

Maryland enters Phase 2B of statewide COVID-19 vaccination plan

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the State of Maryland is now exceeding an average of 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered daily. The state is reporting 55,044 new vaccinations—a record high for a Monday—and a total of 2,619,551 to date. “Our daily vaccination rate continues to rise to record levels, and we are finally receiving the increase in …

MEMA secures $19.3 million to prepare for and reduce risks of hazards, disasters, terrorist attacks

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced that it will receive a combined total of $19,331,363 for Fiscal Year 2021 from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The HSGP, NSGP, and EMPG are the three programs that constitute the DHS/FEMA focus on enhancing the …