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MEMA Hosts Emergency Preparedness Exercise with Maryland Businesses

MEMA Hosts Emergency Preparedness Exercise with Maryland Businesses

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 15, 2016) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) hosted an exercise for Maryland businesses today that was attended by nearly 100 members of the private sector and partners in emergency management. During the course of the exercise, attendees proceeded through an emergency scenario and discussed methods to increase coordination. An objective of the exercise was to augment business resilience by identifying ways that Maryland government can support businesses during disasters.

“Including Maryland businesses in our emergency management system is a good way to improve disaster response and recovery,” said Russ Strickland, executive director of MEMA. “MEMA is focused on building resilient communities throughout the State by supporting the private sector before, during, and after emergencies.”

MEMA regularly provides businesses with disaster preparedness tools throughout the year and sends businesses incident-specific information to aid them in operational decision-making during emergencies.

The exercise is an extension of MEMA’s Private Sector Integration Program, a collaborative effort between Maryland government and businesses that focuses on increasing business resiliency. There are currently over 250 members.