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Next Winter Weather Storm Arriving in Maryland Later Today

Tuesday Morning Commute Could be Slippery, Slow, and Dangerous 

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (February 8, 2016) — Another round of snow is headed toward Maryland today. Forecasters are expecting precipitation to begin in western Maryland Monday afternoon and then head east throughout the evening. The National Weather Service is currently forecasting approximately a half foot of snow in central and northern Maryland. Western Maryland is more likely to receive additional snow totaling more than six inches while southern Maryland and the eastern shore will likely get less. Even with some uncertainty in the forecast, it is increasingly likely that Tuesday morning’s commute could be slippery, slow, and dangerous.

“With another snow system on its way to Maryland, it’s important for our citizens to remember that any amount of snow or ice on the roads can make conditions dangerous,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our agencies are busy preparing for any amount of snow that we might experience – state highway crews are pre-treating roads and will be fully ready to clear them if accumulation builds throughout the night. We are encouraging motorists to remain cautious and to use common sense if they need to travel.”

According to the National Weather Service, the location of the rain-snow line is unclear. This will dictate which areas of Maryland receive snow, rain, or a wintry mix.

“Though there is some uncertainty in the current forecast, it is important that Marylanders be aware of the incoming winter storm, follow local weather forecast offices and news, and communicate with their friends and families before, during, and after winter storms,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russell Strickland.

In addition, residents should consider taking the following actions prior to any winter storm:

  • Keep communications devices charged so that you will have a way follow weather forecasts and local emergency information.
  • Avoid traveling during snowstorms. If you must travel, make sure to have a car chargers, kitty litter or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic.
  • Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival times.
  • Make sure pets are not kept outside without shelter in cold and snowy weather and be aware that salt and other ice melting materials may hurt animal’s paws.
  • Know who to contact in the case of a power outage.

    Residents can find additional winter preparedness information on MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov. The Agency will also be posting updated information on social media. You can follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


Governor Larry Hogan Ends State Of Emergency

Governor Larry Hogan Ends State Of Emergency

Click here to read the entire press release about the rescission of the State of Emergency declared on January 22, 2016


Maryland Emergency Management Agency Submits Letter of Intent to FEMA to Pursue Disaster Assistance

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 25, 2016) — MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland has sent a letter of intent for the State of Maryland to pursue federal disaster assistance and to request that FEMA begin the coordination for joint damage assessments following the winter storm that covered Maryland in snow this past weekend. While response efforts, including snow removal, are continuing, Maryland agencies are also focusing on a comprehensive recovery effort.

“Our administration is committed to accelerating the recovery process in every way possible following this historic snowstorm,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I have directed MEMA to work with the federal government and seek all available assistance to support our public safety partners and the communities they serve.”

Federal assistance could potentially be made available through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. MEMA will work closely with local governments and FEMA to jointly assess damages and costs incurred due to the storm.

“Reaching out to our federal partners is one step MEMA is taking as part of a comprehensive recovery effort following this unprecedented winter storm,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland. “We will also be working closely with local officials, businesses, and other State agencies to assess damages caused by the storm and decide how to move forward.”


Roads Still Dangerous as State Recovers from Historic Storm

MANY ROADS STILL DANGEROUS AS STATE RECOVERS FROM HISTORIC SNOWSTORM 

MEMA TO ASSIST IN DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS AND COORDINATE RECOVERY EFFORTS

REISTERSTOWN, MD (January 24, 2016) – Even though the snow has ended across Maryland, many roads remain snow covered and dangerous. Maryland residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel at least through tonight so State and local snow removal crews can try to clear secondary roads, rural roads and neighborhood streets.

“The worst of Winter Storm Jonas is now behind us, but getting back to business-as-usual after a storm of this magnitude is going to take a considerable amount of time and patience,” said Governor Hogan. “Our State will continue to coordinate all available resources in the coming days as we move from a response mode to recovery mode. I urge Marylanders to continue to stay indoors and off the roads, allowing our emergency workers to do their jobs.”

MEMA continues to coordinate the use of State resources in support of local emergency managers and first responders across Maryland. MEMA will also focus on recovering from this storm. The Agency will assist in damage assessments and coordinate the overall recovery effort.

“This historic storm brought an unprecedented amount of snow to Maryland,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “MEMA will be taking every action possible to help facilitate community recovery. This includes seeking assistance from the federal government.”

Many people may be starting their own recovery efforts at home. For those shoveling snow today or tomorrow, make sure to do some stretching to warm up, take frequent breaks and, stay hydrated. Even though it is cold, it is easy to become dehydrated in dry air, especially when dressed to keep warm.

Finally, continue to check on the welfare of relatives, neighbors and friends who are vulnerable. It still is very dangerous for them to get around, and they may have trouble stocking up on food, water and other necessities.

MEMA will be regularly updating their website with winter preparedness information, traffic, weather, and power outage alerts. Residents can find all of this information at mema.maryland.gov. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


Marylanders Urged to Continue to Stay Off Roads, Prepare for Power Outages

MARYLANDERS URGED TO CONTINUE TO STAY OFF ROADS TO HELP PLOWING CREWS, PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES

MEMA CONTINUES TO COORDINATE RESOURCES, ASSIST LOCAL JURISDICTIONS

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 23, 2016) — Snow continues to fall throughout Maryland and wind gusts have picked up in some areas of the state. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency urges residents to stay off the roads so highway crews can continue plowing operations.

As of noon, power outage numbers remained relatively low in Maryland, with less than 1,500 customers without power statewide after spiking to approximately 10,000 early Saturday morning. However, as strong winds and heavy snowfall continues, residents are urged to keep cell phones, tablets and other devices charged and be prepared for possible extended power outages.

“I want to thank Marylanders for the common sense they have shown thus far,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I want to urge people to continue to stay off of the roads unless travel is absolutely essential. It is still very dangerous out there and stalled and abandoned vehicles make it that much harder for snow plow operators. Your safety is our top priority.”

If you must drive, please stay far back from snow plows. While it may be inconvenient to be stuck behind a snow plow or a multi-unit snowplow “train,” trying to pass is dangerous and the roads in front of the plows will be snow covered.

The strong winds also could create some coastal flooding issues along the Atlantic coast and portions of the lower Chesapeake Bay. Residents are urged to follow trusted local weather forecasters to get updates on conditions in their area.

“I cannot stress enough the need to check on the welfare of relatives, friends and neighbors who are vulnerable,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “We still have at least 12 hours of storm conditions ahead of us. The best way to get through this is if we all work together and communicate.”

MEMA continues to coordinate the use of State resources in support of local emergency managers and first responders across the state. The Maryland National Guard is working in many counties in Maryland to help law enforcement and emergency medical personnel to respond in high-clearance vehicles.

In addition to staying off the roads and monitoring the weather and power outages, residents should take the following actions:

  • Keep devices charged so you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and local emergency information and be able to contact family and friends.
  • Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated.
  • Avoid travel. If you must drive, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter, or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
  • Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives, especially the elderly or vulnerable residents who may have trouble staying warm or maneuvering on icy surfaces.
  • Residents living near coastal areas should be prepared to experience moderate coastal flooding and waves due to the high wind.
  • Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.aspx
  • Make sure pets are not exposed to the severe weather. Also remember that salt and other deicing materials can irritate their paws.

MEMA will be regularly updating their website with winter preparedness information, traffic, weather, and power outage alerts. Residents can find all of this information at mema.maryland.gov. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


Motorists Urged to Stay Off Roads Friday Afternoon and Make Preparations

MOTORISTS URGED TO STAY OFF ROADS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND MAKE PREPARATIONS AS SEVERE WINTER STORM APPROACHES MARYLAND

MEMA IS ACTIVELY COORDINATING RESOURCES AHEAD OF POTENTIAL BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 22, 2016) — A high-impact winter storm continues to head directly towards Maryland. Snowfall is expected to start early Friday afternoon in parts of the State and the National Weather Service predicts that the height of the storm will begin soon after the snow’s onset. Areas of Maryland could experience blizzard conditions that include wind gusts and blowing snow. Motorists are urged to stay off the roads as soon as snowfall begins if at all possible. Driving will be hazardous almost immediately after the storm’s onset due to the fast rate of snowfall.

Governor Larry Hogan has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in order to activate and coordinate all available State resources. A state of emergency is also an indicator to residents that this will be a significant winter storm and that they should take precautions.

“Now is the time for Marylanders to stay at home and off the roads,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This is the safe choice. It will also allow emergency services vehicles to maneuver and road crews to begin the long process of clearing highways and streets.”

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has been coordinating resources in order to manage incidents that could arise due to the storm. This includes working with local officials to mobilize high-clearance vehicles, emergency supplies, and personnel in areas and communities that could be affected most by the storm.

“This heavy, wet snow coupled with windy conditions could create additional problems, such as towering snow banks and power outages,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland. “The public also has a part to play in storm preparedness and safety. It is essential that residents be prepared to shelter in their homes, charge all communications devices now, and check on family and friends throughout this snowstorm.”

In addition to staying off the roads and monitoring the weather and power outages, residents should take the following actions:

  • Keep devices charged so you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and local emergency information and be able to contact family and friends.
  • Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated. If snow is accumulating on your rooftop, consider removing snow if it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid travel after the snow starts. If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter, or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
  • Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives, especially the elderly or vulnerable residents who may have trouble staying warm or maneuvering on icy surfaces.
  • Residents living near coastal areas should be prepared to experience moderate coastal flooding and waves due to the high wind.
  • Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.aspx

MEMA will be regularly updating their website with winter preparedness information, traffic, weather, and power outage alerts. Residents can find all of this information at mema.maryland.gov. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


What does a “State of Emergency” mean?

What does a “State of Emergency” mean?

In preparation for the upcoming snowstorm, Governor Larry Hogan has asked State agencies to launch a coordinated effort to keep Marylanders safe and informed in the upcoming days. Earlier today, Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland beginning Friday, January 22 at 7a.m. Here is information on what a state of emergency means.

Not all states of emergency are the same. Each state of emergency is different and can change depending on the severity of the event or emergency.  Be sure to check with your local news and with MEMA for updated information related to states of emergency.

A state of emergency has been declared in order to allow Maryland to coordinate and request emergency resources and support. A state of emergency allows the Governor to access certain resources, like the National Guard, in order to increase the State’s response.

A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders, news stations, and weather forecasts in order to be informed of the situation. In this particular case, residents are being advised that they should prepare for a significant winter storm and that motorists should avoid non-essential travel after the snow begins to fall. Here is additional information about this state of emergency:

Will schools be closed?

States of Emergencies typically do not mandate school closures. It usually is the local school district’s decision to stay open or to close.

Will stores and businesses be open?

This state of emergency does not prohibit employers to close. We ask that all employers consider employee safety at all times.

Can I drive on the roads?

***UPDATE 8:40PM 1/23/2016: Governor Hogan Closes I-70 and I-270 to Safely Clear the Interstates of Snow. Motorists Encouraged to Stay Off All Roads. Click here to read more.
If you have questions, please direct them to the Maryland Department of Transportation.


Maryland Bracing for Significant Winter Storm Beginning Friday Afternoon

STATE OF EMERGENCY TO TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY MORNING IN ORDER TO ACTIVELY PREPARE FOR
HEAVY SNOW, HIGH WIND, AND COLD TEMPERATURES

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 20, 2016) — The high-impact winter storm system heading toward Maryland is forecast to bring heavy snow, winds, and cold temperatures to the entire State. The storm is expected to start Friday afternoon and the National Weather Service expects the height of the storm to begin soon after the snow starts. Portions of the State could experience blizzard conditions that include wind gusts and blowing snow. In addition to potential blizzard conditions, the National Weather Service has indicated that minor to moderate coastal flooding could occur. Due to this, Governor Larry Hogan has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency beginning Friday morning. A state of emergency allows the Governor to deploy resources and make decisions in order to promote public safety during the storm and enable a full-scale response. It is also an indicator to residents that this could be a significant winter storm and that they should take precautions.

Motorists are urged to stay off the roads during the height of the storm. Driving could be dangerous soon after the snow begins.

“Our state is taking every precaution – coordinating all available resources – to prepare to clear roads, manage incidents, and recover from this storm,” said Governor Hogan. “We urge all Marylanders to take action now to prepare, before this severe weather strikes, with the knowledge that our state will do everything it can to respond quickly, effectively and efficiently to this major storm event.”

MEMA has been working with local officials to ensure they have the resources necessary to manage incidents caused by the storm and remove snow efficiently. The Agency has also hosted conference calls with the National Weather Service, state agencies, local emergency management offices, and other partners to coordinate response efforts.

“It is essential that residents prepare now, stay informed, and stay off the roads after the snow begins,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland. “MEMA has been coordinating State resources to deal with problems that the significant snowfall may cause, but, motorists can avoid delays and serious incidents by avoiding travel.”

In addition to staying off the roads and monitoring the weather and power outages, residents should take the following actions:

  • Keep devices charged so you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and local emergency information and be able to contact family and friends.
  • Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated. If snow is accumulating on your rooftop, consider removing snow if it is safe to do so.
  • If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter, or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
  • Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives, especially the elderly or vulnerable residents who may have trouble staying warm or maneuvering on icy surfaces.
  • Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.aspx

Additionally, traffic, weather, and power outage alerts, as well as winter preparedness information, can be accessed on the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s website at mema.maryland.gov. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency in Maryland in Anticipation of Historic Snowstorm

Click here to read the entire Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency.


Weekend Winter Storm Heading Toward Maryland

Accumulating Snow, High Winds, and Cold Temperatures Likely for Entire State Beginning Friday

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 REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 20, 2016) — A low-pressure winter storm system is heading toward Maryland and will likely bring heavy snow, high winds, and cold temperatures to the State. The storm is expected to begin Friday with the heaviest precipitation occurring Friday afternoon through Saturday. The National Weather Service expects most of the State to be affected and has already issued a blizzard watch for central and southern Maryland and a winter storm watch for western Maryland beginning Friday at noon and going through Saturday evening. In addition to potential blizzard conditions which correlate to gusty winds and low visibility, the National Weather Service has indicated that minor to moderate coastal flooding could occur.

 Residents should make preparations now and are urged to stay off the roads during the height of the storm.

 “State agencies are coordinating all available resources to prepare to clear roads and manage incidents that may be caused by this significant storm but Marylanders should also take action now,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Before the storm hits, make sure you have supplies at home and communications devices charged. Be a good neighbor—check on relatives, friends, and those who may be more vulnerable to cold and a big winter storm.”

 MEMA and other state agencies are preparing to assist local responders with any issues related to the storm. MEMA has hosted conference calls with the National Weather Service, state agencies, local emergency management offices, and other partners to coordinate response efforts.

 “This has the potential to be a serious storm affecting a wide area,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland. “We are coordinating with State and local officials to ensure that any area that is significantly impacted by this storm will be able to respond effectively and promote resident safety.”

 In addition to staying off the roads and monitoring the weather and power outages, residents should take the following actions:

  • Keep devices charged so you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and local emergency information and be able to contact family and friends.
  • Be cautious shoveling snow or ice to avoid overexertion. Take frequent breaks and keep hydrated. If snow is accumulating on your rooftop, consider removing snow if it is safe to do so.
  • If you must travel, make sure to have car chargers, kitty litter, or sand for traction, and extra drinks and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic. Let friends or family know of your travel route and expected arrival time.
  • Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives, especially the elderly or vulnerable residents who may have trouble staying warm or maneuvering on icy surfaces.
  • Know who to contact in the case of a power outage. Emergency phone numbers for utility companies can be found here: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.aspx

Additionally, traffic, weather, and power outage alerts, as well as winter preparedness information, can be accessed on the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s website at mema.maryland.gov. You can also follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


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