Maryland Emergency Management Agency
This past year, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Active Learning and Exercising Branch (AL&E) developed and implemented a new strategy leading to the conduct of regional Training and Exercise Program Workshops. The process leading up to regional workshops was restructured to allow for collaboration and increased buy-in from all partners involved. The branch conducted regional and State workshops, which were well-attended by all jurisdictions and state agencies. One of the significant outcomes was the development of a comprehensive Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (TEP).
The TEP is a strategic plan within the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program. The purpose of the TEP is to provide a roadmap for MEMA to follow in accomplishing the priorities described in this Program and the Maryland Homeland Security Strategy. The TEP provides training and exercises to the National Capital Region, the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative Partners, all six regions of Maryland, each of the twenty-six jurisdictions, all state agencies, and private sector partners, as requested. MEMA also assists with and facilitates training and exercise opportunities with other partners within FEMA Region 3 as well as hosting internal training programs for MEMA staff.
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The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is proud the approved final draft of the State Mitigation Operations Plan (SMOP). The SMOP is the core plan of the Mitigation Mission of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP). This plan seeks to ensure the ability of the State of Maryland to effectively reduce or eliminate the impacts of all hazards on individuals, property, and the environment in coordination with all necessary State, local, federal, private sector, and voluntary, faith-based, and nongovernmental agencies in order to create a more resilient Maryland. The SMOP also serves to implement the Maryland State Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has recently provided over $5 million in federal grants to local jurisdictions and qualified organizations throughout Maryland that are at risk for impacts of or have been adversely affected by natural disasters. These grants, which originate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), fund specific projects that have been identified by communities as important to saving lives and protecting property.
Through this mitigation grant program, MEMA is working with local jurisdictions to acquire and demolish structures that are not safe from natural hazards, turning the land into protected open space. Maryland and Prince George’s County will be acquiring and demolishing seven properties in Fort Washington that experienced slope failure in March 2014. MEMA will also be working with Allegany County to acquire a six-property mobile home camp in Frostburg and with Calvert County on a single structure in Broomes Island. Property owners who experienced a loss will be reimbursed using these funds.
Some natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, have had both widespread impacts throughout the State of Maryland and localized, direct effects on many communities. “Government agencies and voluntary organizations are proficient at disaster response and recovery,” said MEMA Executive Director Ken Mallette, “but another piece of our responsibility to the residents of Maryland is to consistently prepare for and mitigate against future emergencies. These projects will help accomplish that.”
In addition, these mitigation grants will fund emergency alert and warning projects, such as an update to the existing flood warning system in Howard County, the purchase and installation of a two-way emergency alert system for Frederick County facilities, and a variable message sign for Garrett County. Other projects include purchasing and installing emergency power generators for critical facilities, such as the University of Maryland’s Charles County Medical Center, which will be installing three emergency generators to ensure that electricity is available to the hospital if commercial power fails.
MEMA actively conducts risk reduction planning and participates in FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, which are designed to provide funding and other resources to protect life and property from natural disasters and promote community recovery following incidents.
When an earthquake hit the mid-Atlantic region on August 23, 2011, many people didn’t know how to react. Instead of crouching under a desk or sturdy table, many people evacuated their homes or workplaces, unaware of the potential injury from falling debris. While this earthquake was not strong enough to cause significant damage to the outside of most buildings in Maryland, an even slightly stronger tremor could have caused bricks and other exterior materials to become dangerous projectiles.
To help educate residents about safe earthquake procedures, Maryland and other states participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut is set for this Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
During the self-led drill, participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe 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
“Thankfully, we don’t have much experience with strong earthquakes in Maryland,” said Ken Mallette, Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. “But we need to make sure we know what to when a strong earthquake does hit our area.”
The ShakeOut is free and open to the public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. Individuals and organizations can participate by practicing the drill on October 16 and posting pictures to social media using #MDShakeOut. You can find out more and register to participate in the drill by visiting www.shakeout.org and by following MEMA on Twitter and Facebook. The MARYLAND Prepares mobile app, which is available for free on both Android and Apple devices, has additional earthquake preparedness information. Downloading the app also provides users with emergency alerts, including natural hazards such as earthquakes.
To date, more than 115,000 people are registered to participate in Maryland, and Great ShakeOut earthquake drills will occur nationwide. More than 15 million people are expected to participate in the United States and in addition to safety drills, many participants take extra steps to become more prepared for earthquakes or other disasters.
Today is the start of National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, government agencies, business, community groups, schools, and families will be participating in events to help promote disaster preparedness and community resilience. These events across the state, many of which are open to the public, will be posted by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on our social media feeds and website. You can follow us @MDMEMA, on Facebook, and at our website http://mema.maryland.gov.
Did you know September is right in the middle of hurricane season? Now is a great time to check and see if you and your family are prepared for emergencies. The four building blocks of preparedness are: Be informed, Make a plan, Build a kit, and Get Involved. Discover disaster-specific information on our website, so you can be informed, make a plan for you and your family, build a kit for emergencies, and learn about ways to get involved. There is an interactive planning tool in the MARYLAND Prepares mobile app, which is available to download for free on both Android and Apple platforms. It is easy to complete, will be in your pocket at all times, and also includes real-time alerts for emergencies, weather, and traffic.
Here’s another way to get involved: join us for our first town hall-style Twitter chat. On September 15 at 12:00pm EDT, we will be chatting live with our followers and friends on Twitter using the hashtag #MDPrepares. Feel free to add to the discussion or ask us your emergency preparedness questions.
We’ve seen the impact that major disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, can have on our state and country. Our preparedness efforts can help reduce the impact of these disasters, so remember, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare!” and by Marylanders becoming better prepared, you can help make Maryland resilient.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is proud to present to you the approved second edition of the State Response Operations Plan (SROP), published to the public on July 22, 2014. The SROP is the core plan of the Response Mission of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP). Its purpose is to describe the roles and responsibilities of Maryland entities during incident response and to define those actions to save lives, protect public health and safety, and protect property and the environment within the State of Maryland.
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Please click on link for a copy of the SROP: State of Maryland Response Operations Plan 2nd Edition(1)
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is proud to present to you the approved final draft of the State Disaster Recovery Operations Plan (SDROP), which was published for public comment on June 30, 2014, and has been revised based on the comments received from stakeholders and the community. The SDROP is the core plan of the Recovery Mission of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP). Its purpose is to describe the roles and responsibilities of entities within Maryland during disaster recovery operations, which focus on ensuring that the State is able to effectuate the timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure, housing, and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historical, and environmental fabric of communities impacted by a catastrophic incident.
Please click on link for a copy of the SDROP: State of Maryland Response Operations Plan 2nd Edition(1)
As MEMA continues to offer original and innovative programs through its “Center for Preparedness Excellence,” a new professional development series called the Maryland Preparedness Planning Certificate Program (MPPCP) is now being offered as a pilot program. The MPPCP is designed to provide planners with the skills and knowledge needed to conduct effective preparedness and emergency planning on the way to becoming a “Maryland Preparedness Planner.” This Program will serve as a credentialing program for all planners in the State to help properly implement the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP).
The Maryland Preparedness Planning Certificate Program curriculum consists of a mix of instructor-led (classroom) and online training courses that have been carefully selected to strengthen the MEPP planning capability throughout Maryland. The curriculum provides two levels of professional training designed to fit your roles and responsibilities within your organization.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is proud to present the 2014 National Capital Region (NCR) Model for Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan. Disaster recovery planning is an integral part of ensuring that the needs of all of Maryland’s residents, visitors and communities are met after a disaster occurs. Keeping with Maryland’s commitment to strengthen emergency preparedness statewide, the attached guidance and template provides a framework for the development a disaster recovery plans for use by emergency management planners in Maryland’s local jurisdictions.
MEMA thanks the Disaster Recovery Working Group of the NCR Council of Government Emergency Managers Committee for the significant time and effort that went into producing such a quality document for use by its emergency management partners.