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Participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Preparedness Drill on 10/16 at 10:16 a.m.

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 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.


September is National Preparedness Month

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


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.

State Response Operations Plan (SROP)

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. 

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Nicole Lanigan, (

Please click on link for a copy of the SROP: State of Maryland Response Operations Plan 2nd Edition(1)



State Disaster Recovery Operations Plan (SDROP)

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.

If you have questions or comments about the SDROP, please contact Jennifer Ryan (, Elizabeth Webster (, or Chas Eby (


Please click on link for a copy of the SDROP:  State of Maryland Response Operations Plan 2nd Edition(1)

The Maryland Preparedness Planning Certificate Program

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.

Over the next year, MEMA will provide or facilitate access to each of these required classroom courses.
Please consider this program as in important step in your professional development and mastery of preparedness and emergency planning.  Any questions can be directed to

Government and Private Nonprofit Organizations May Be Eligible for Snow Disaster Aid

 The State of Maryland has received a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the snowstorm of February 12-13, 2014.  Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties have been declared as a result of this event.  Eligible applicants may apply for reimbursement of eligible costs.  Eligible applicants include State Government Agencies, Local Governments, and Private Nonprofit Organizations that own or operate facilities that provide certain services of a governmental nature (i.e., educational, emergency, medical, museums, zoos, libraries). There is a deadline of May 10, 2014 for applicants to submit their Request for Public Assistance. 
Attached are documents related to this declaration.

2014 National Capital Region (NCR) Model for Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan

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.


Emergency Declaration 49 CFR 390.23 and Extension of State Declarations Notice 49 CFR 390.23

FMCSA ESC MD Emergency Declaration

Governor Martin O’Malley Rescinds the Executive Order Declaring a State of Emergency

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Governor Martin O’Malley Declares State of Emergency

Executive Order

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