The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is pleased to introduce the first iteration of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP). The MEPP is an innovative, forward-thinking approach that sets the policy and strategy for comprehensive emergency preparedness and operations for the State of Maryland for today and into the future.
The Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program replaces the Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP), last updated in 2009, as the State’s overarching strategy for homeland security and emergency management preparedness and operations. This document represents a comprehensive all-hazards approach to specific capabilities within four mission areas: Prevention/Protection, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation. Each mission area will be guided by a separate, state-level interagency operations plan that identifies the coordinating structure and concept of operations to deliver the pre-defined capability set of the mission area. Capabilities are distinct, yet highly interdependent elements, which provide the means to accomplish missions, functions, or objectives through the execution of related tasks.
The heart of the MEPP is risk management, and preparedness is one tool the State uses to manage risk. Maryland is susceptible to a wide range of threats and hazards, and risk is a combination of the vulnerability of a community to threats and hazards, the impact that a threat or hazard would have on people, services, facilities and structures in the community, and the likelihood of a hazard resulting in an emergency condition that causes injury or damage. The Maryland Preparedness System, part of the MEPP, uses an 8-step process to continuously improve the State’s ability to manage risk by identifying, building, delivering, evaluating, and sustaining capabilities.
The Governor’s Core Goals for Homeland Security are an interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-disciplinary listing of priority areas; they focus on common-sense ways to improve and maintain security, with a focus on “daily use” projects and programs. The MEPP and the capabilities concept aligns with the Core Goals through either individual capabilities or as programs under a capability. The MEPP supports the Core Goals by providing a methodology for measuring the State’s progress towards building, maintaining, executing, and improving in all the mission areas of homeland security, making Maryland a Center of Preparedness Excellence.
The MEPP contemplates the “Whole Community” and encourages local jurisdictions to follow the lead of the State for emergency preparedness and operations. The MEPP acknowledges that effective planning must: be community-based, representing the whole population and its needs; include participation from all stakeholders in the community; include senior officials throughout the process to ensure both understanding and approval; and inform those with operational responsibilities what to do and why to do it, and to further instruct those outside the jurisdiction on how to provide support and what to expect.
The MEPP represents the pathway to creating a Resilient Maryland. Please look for additional planning products and guidance to support implementation of the MEPP.
REISTERSTOWN, MD (Nov. 4, 2013) – As part of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s commitment to homeland security, Governor Martin O’Malley issued an Executive Order today to adopt the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP). The MEPP is the overarching platform to ensure a consistent and comprehensive approach to preparedness.
The Executive Order outlines the roles and responsibilities related to the four mission areas used for measuring preparedness — prevention and protection, hazard mitigation, incident response and disaster recovery. The Order is part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to improve our State’s ability to withstand adverse conditions, both natural and man-made. Under the Executive Order, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Maryland State Police, and other state agencies are charged with fulfilling the activities that support those four core mission areas.
“Our most solemn obligation as public servants is to ensure the safety of our people. Over the last several years, winter blizzards, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and the derecho storms have given us many opportunities to learn new lessons in safety and preparedness,” said Governor O’Malley. “Building on those lessons, this new program will help to improve preparedness among individuals, businesses and governments throughout Maryland.”
MEMA is coordinating the new efforts with other state agencies, local partners and the private sector.
“Traditionally, state emergency management agency plans focus on roles and responsibilities during the response phase of an emergency – providing help for local governments and their first responders,” said MEMA Director Ken Mallette. “Now, we will develop robust plans to deal with those other mission areas – recovery, prevention and mitigation’ – so we will be better prepared to serve our residents.”
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Reisterstown, MD (Oct. 11, 2013) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is excited to announce the release of its official “Maryland Prepares” mobile application. The app provides iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet users the ability to access emergency preparedness information on the go.
“MEMA is excited about the opportunities this new app affords Maryland families for emergency preparedness,” said Ken Mallette, MEMA Executive Director. “Incorporation of this new technology adds another dimension to the State’s ability to help Marylanders stay and be prepared for emergency situations.”
Maryland Prepares enables families to make a communications plan and assess their disaster supply kit through an interactive checklist. Other features of the app include:
- View emergency preparation guides for different types of emergencies;
- Send an “I’m Safe” message via email, text, and social networks;
- View real-time alerts for emergencies, weather and traffic;
- Monitor current cyber threats and suspicious activity;
- Access Maryland Emergency Management Agency news and events; and
- View current and extended National Weather Service forecasts based on current location.
The app is available for Android users via Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nicusa.MDPrepares) and via the iTunes store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/maryland-prepares/id718996444?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4) for Apple users. The application was developed jointly by MEMA, the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and NIC, which has helped government agencies develop electronic services for 20 years.
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In an effort to help Maryland consumers avoid widespread fuel outages in the event of an energy emergency, the state has made available $1.7 million to help service stations install backup power generation.
Kicking off just as the hurricane season enters its typically most active period, the Maryland Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program will conclude on June 30, 2014, or until the total funds have been spent, whichever is earlier.
The initiative is the product of a state task force on resiliency measures that convened after 2012′s Hurricane Sandy. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) included the funds in his capital budget this year.
“We looked at the long lines of customers that formed at service stations in New Jersey and New York and decided we could make a huge difference by being proactive about backup power generation,” MEA director Abigail Hopper told OPIS.
Severe weather events are becoming more commonplace, she said, and helping strategically located service stations to operate during emergencies provides transportation fuel for those who leave as well as fuel for backup power for those who stay.
Unlike New York’s $17 million Fuel NY program, Fuel Up Maryland is not mandatory for stations in areas that have been targeted.
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) anticipates dispersing up to $15,000 per grant to a Maryland station, which can be used to offset the cost to purchase or pre-wire portable generators, fixed generators or in-place batteries. According to a survey of stations conducted by an electrical contractor for MEA, $15,000 is about half of the total cost of the planning, design, wiring and installation of back-up power generation at the majority of fuel retail locations in the state.
Stations eligible for the grants should have fuel storage of at least 10,000 gallons, fuel sales of 75,000 gallons or more per year and be located within a half mile of an on- or off-ramp to a federal or state highway serving as an evacuation route.
MEA puts the total number of eligible stations at about 600.
Applicants can submit separate applications for multiple stations, but grant awards will be limited to five applications for individual stations per owner/operator. Award for multiple station applications by a single owner is dependent on the geographic distribution of the stations.
Information on how to apply for the Maryland grants can be found at:
Generator Programs in Other States
Downstate New York stations that are located within a half mile of highway exits or evacuation routes, and that pump 75,000 gal/month or more, have until April 1, 2014 to be wired to accept a generator. Thirty percent of all retail outlets that are part of a chain further than a half mile from downstate New York highway exits and evacuation routes will be required to install a transfer switch by Aug. 1, 2015.
Grants of up to $10,000 per station are available for rewiring if owners opt to use portable generators; awards of up to $13,000 per station are offered for operators who install permanent back-up generators.
New Jersey is still considering legislation proposing a pilot program under which operators of strategically located stations could get interest-free loans of up to $10,000 to wire their facilities for generators. That equipment, with the addition of a portable generator, would power fuel pumps, safety systems and payment acceptance equipment.
In Florida, service stations near interstate highways or evacuation routes, terminals and wholesalers must have transfer switches and appropriate wiring to transfer the electrical load from a utility to an alternate generated power source in the event of power failure. Corporations or entities with at least 10 service stations in a county must have access to at least one portable generator.
Louisiana requires new or completely rebuilt service stations in the southern part of the state to be wired with a transfer switch and capable of switching to an alternate generated power source in the event of a power outage.
In less than two months, individuals and communities throughout seven states and the District of Columbia will participate in the second Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut is set for Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. EDT. During the self-led drill, participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the proper response to an earthquake is to:
- Drop to the ground
- Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck
- Hold On until the shaking stops
Following FEMA’s National Preparedness Month in September, Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are occurring nationwide in more than 40 states and territories. More than 12 million people are expected to participate in drills on October 17. In addition to safety drills, many participant take extra steps to become more prepared for earthquakes.
Additionally, ShakeOut comes on the heels of the two year anniversary of the damaging August 23, 2011 M5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake which caused considerable damage in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Several national landmarks, including the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Cathedral are undergoing multi-year restorations as a result of this earthquake.
According to Michael Cline, State Coordinator for Virginia Department of Emergency Management, “What we observed during the Mineral earthquake was that most of us did not really know what to do. We want everyone to remember to drop, cover and hold on” during an earthquake.
Coordinated annually by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and the states of Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, nearly 2 million people participated in the first Great SouthEast ShakeOut drill in October of 2012. This year, Delaware and West Virginia are joining the original SouthEast ShakeOut states to promote earthquake awareness and preparedness in their own states.
The goal of the program is to engage participants to take steps to become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters. The drill is free and open-to-the-public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills began in California in 2008 and have expanded each year since then.
To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to sign up to participate in the drill by visiting www.ShakeOut.org/southeast Once registered, participants receive information about showcase events in their area and regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
During the month of September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security sponsor National Preparedness Month and promote activities that educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies. This year, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency would like to spend the month of September recognizing individuals, families, and businesses that have been positively impacted by preparing for local disasters and emergencies. We will use our social media platforms to showcase these individuals throughout the month of September.
Participants can share a short story or a video documenting how being prepared has helped them or someone they know through an adverse situation. At the Maryland Emergency Management Agency we recognize that “A Prepared Marylander Creates a Resilient Maryland” and would like to showcase what is being done around the State to make us more prepared.
Throughout the month of August we will be collecting your entries. Please send your story to us via Facebook message, Twitter or email us at email@example.com. If you are emailing us please add “Maryland Prepares” to the subject line. If you tweet your story to @mdmema please include #MDPrepares. We look forward to seeing your preparedness stories!
MEMA Executive Director, Ken Mallette, testifies before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia on the National Capital Region’s preparedness.
Laurel – July 15, 2013: A section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline appears to be failing, and parts of Prince George’s County may be without water for a few days while repairs are made. As a result WSSC is urging customers to begin stocking up on water immediately. Prince George’s County Emergency Services will be working with hospitals, nursing homes and others to ensure they have access to water.
Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor. Please check our interactive map (http://gisweb.wsscwater.com/waterrestrictions/) to see if you are in the affected area. If you’re not sure, just type your address in the search box on the upper left side of the page.
WSSC expects to issue mandatory water restrictions for the affected area Tuesday afternoon. We hope this will buy additional time for residents to stock up on water and allow WSSC to continue filling its system to extend the time we can provide service.
The pipe is Pre-stressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) and located inside the Beltway between Suitland Parkway and Forestville Road. Our monitoring system has recorded an increasing number of wire breaks in the pipe. That’s a signal that this type of pipe is beginning to fail.
This pipeline is unique in our system in that there is little or no redundancy that could provide water to customers during repairs. That’s why it’s likely tens of thousands of our customers in Prince George’s County will lose service for a few days.
We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience.
Please visit our website and Facebook page for conservation information during restrictions.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July. “We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Page Gambill, CEO for the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region.
PIKESVILLE, MD (June 27, 2013) – With the arrival of summer, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard is suggesting that Marylanders should attend public fireworks displays. “I would suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state.” stated Barnard. To help Marylanders enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:
- Consider attending one of the numerous public fireworks displays scheduled throughout Maryland every year. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at: www.mdsp.org/firemarshal for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state.
For those individuals who insist on the use of consumer fireworks:
- Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.
- Read and follow label warnings and instructions.
- Do not allow small children to use fireworks.
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
- Have a bucket of water or hose available
- Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.
“Fireworks have been a long tradition of the 4th of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season.” adds the State Fire Marshal. “By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate fireworks injuries in Maryland.”