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SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Center

SBA Disaster Loan Applications

Center to Open Tomorrow, Thursday October 24, at 9:00 a.m. for residents affected by flooding August 31 – September 1, 2018.

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (October 24, 2018) – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the Harford County Department of Emergency
Services.  The center will open tomorrow, Thursday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m.

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center staff will be able to assist those residents in the Maryland counties of Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil and Harford impacted by the flooding that occurred from August 31 to September 1, 2018.

SBA representatives at the DLOC can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions, and assist in completing the SBA application. The Center is located at:

2220 Ady Road

Forest Hill, MD 21050

 

and will be open as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 25:    9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26:         9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Saturday, Oct. 27:    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 29:      9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Those affected by the flooding may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov. 

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of- hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded at https://www.sba.gov/Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road. Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 17, 2018. The
deadline to return economic injury applications is July 18, 2019.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration:
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.


Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims Maryland Safe Schools Week

Focus on School Safety Issues October 21-27 Raises Awareness, Encourages Student Engagement

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 24, 2018) – Governor Larry Hogan has signed an official proclamation designating October 21–27 as Maryland Safe Schools Week. The week is designed to raise awareness of school safety issues and initiatives at the local and state level.

“The safety and security of all Marylanders is our most important responsibility,” said Governor Hogan. “We encourage everyone to do their part and remain vigilant in protecting our kids and ensuring Maryland schools are places where students can learn free from threats of crime and violence. I urge students, parents, teachers, and community members to report any concerns about potential threats including substance abuse, gangs, bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, hate, and vandalism.”

During Maryland Safe Schools Week, Marylanders are encouraged to unite with school staff and their community and create a “family-like” culture at school advocating the power to stop bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, conflict, hate and violence while spreading empathy, compassion, and respect.

Earlier this month, Governor Hogan announced “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities. Students, family members, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained Maryland Joint Operations Center (MJOC) personnel will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“‘The ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ app and tip line is an instrumental step in ensuring our children and our schools are protected, but it is not the only answer,” said Ed Clarke, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for School Safety. “Striving to solve the safety issues our schools face is a mission that involves all community members.  It may require saying something to a school administrator, counselor,  teacher, school resource officer or a trusted adult when something seems out of place or as easy as leaving a tip on the tip line app.”

The governor recently announced $10.6 million in funding available for local school systems to enhance school safety through training, safety assessments, information sharing, and more. The grants will flow through the Safe Schools Fund, which was created as part of the Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018, which Governor Hogan signed into law on April 10. The legislation includes key Hogan administration proposals, such as increased funding for the Maryland Center for School Safety, the creation of aggressive statewide standards for school safety and requirements for the standardized training and certification for all school resource officers. The remaining funds include $23.5 million to help schools improve the physical safety of school facilities and $2.5 million to conduct safety evaluations required by the legislation.

In addition to Maryland Safe Schools Week, it is also National School Bus Safety Week. The Maryland State Department of Education reminds everyone that school bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of Maryland students. It is a link between community and classroom. Bus safety tips to keep your child safe include:

  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.
  • Arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early.
  • Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
  • Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
  • Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.

During this week, the Maryland Center for School Safety and the Maryland State Department of Education will be sending out safety tips and information. You can follow the Maryland Center for School Safety on Facebook or onTwitter at @SafeSchoolsMD. The Maryland State Department of Education also will be sending out information. They can be found on Facebook and Twitter at @MDPublicSchools.

Maryland Safe Schools Week Proclamation


Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill to Take Place on Thursday

MEMA Encourages All Maryland Residents To Participate

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(REISTERSTOWN, Md.)  October 16, 2018 – Powerful earthquakes are not common in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but the August, 2011 tremor near Mineral, VA, reminded us that we are not immune from the effects of an earthquake. That is why the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is urging Marylanders to participate in Thursday’s Great ShakeOut Drill.

On October 18th at 10:18 a.m. local time, we ask that you join us when we drop, cover, and hold on for earthquake preparedness;

    • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
    • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
    • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

 

MEMA is proud to join FEMA and the Ready Campaign PrepareAthon to promote earthquake preparedness this October and is encouraging everyone to take part in The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills occurring across the county on October 18th at 10:18 a.m.

“Strong earthquakes are not common in this area, but I am sure many of us remember where we were on August 23, 2011,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “That was a wake-up call for those of us in the Maryland area to learn what to do – and what not to do – during an earthquake.”

One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible after effects.  Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and at any time during the day. You could be at work, school, or at home. It is impossible to predict precisely when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

A key aspect of the Great ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared.  The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes).  ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

 

More information can be found at Shakeout.org. Information on the different types of hazards is available at Ready.gov or the Spanish-language web site Listo.gov.

 

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CONTACT:

Ed McDonough, 410-446-3333 or ed.mcdonough@maryland.gov

Jorge Castillo, 443-481-3518 or jorge.castillo@maryland.gov


Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Launches New School Safety Tip Line and Mobile App For Reporting Threats

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 3, 2018) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities. The governor made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with student leaders, education officials, law enforcement leaders and others in attendance.

“Incidents of targeted violence at our schools are rarely sudden impulsive acts; instead, in the majority of these incidents, another person was aware of what the student was thinking or planning to do,” said Governor Hogan. “We must remain ever vigilant when it comes to protecting our kids, and we are counting on our local school communities, our students, teachers, and parents to work together with us in these important efforts.”

Students, family members, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained technicians will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The tip line staff will share incoming information with appropriate school system officials and staff; law enforcement personnel; fire, emergency, behavioral health, and medical staff; and other partners to help prevent violent or dangerous incidents at schools around the state and provide assistance to students in crisis. Students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and others should be vigilant and report any activity that makes them feel uncomfortable, nervous, or frightened about the safety of their school, themselves, or others.

In many recent school violence incidents or threats, assailants have exhibited behavior that signaled a potential for violent activity or discussed such activity on social media. Some potential incidents around the country have been thwarted because alert students, parents, school staff, or others reported suspicious behaviors to appropriate authorities.

“Sadly, all too often students, choose to remain silent because they are afraid of retaliation, rejection, or stigmatization by their peers. The troubling result is a ‘code of silence’ in which students suffer harm that could have been prevented if another person had chosen to speak out. We need to empower our students to break that ‘code of silence’,” said Governor Hogan. “If they see unsafe situations or behavior, including threats made in person or on social media, bullying, or a friend who expresses the desire to hurt themselves or others, we need young Marylanders to say something and to do something without fear of retribution for coming forward.”

Governor Hogan has asked MEMA to coordinate the school safety tip line and mobile app in partnership with the Maryland Center for School Safety. MEMA has trained existing staff and is hiring new staff to ensure that tip line calls and reports are answered 24/7.

“We are honored that Governor Hogan has asked MEMA to coordinate the new safety initiative,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This is aligned with MEMA’s mission to coordinate resources from multiple agencies and to be the authoritative source of 24-hour information gathering and dissemination. We are excited to take the lead to help our state, local, and non-government partners make Maryland schools safer as the field of emergency management broadens.”

As part of the announcement, education and public safety officials met with student leaders to discuss the tip line and other possible steps to reduce the likelihood of school violence. The students also had a chance to tour the MEMA facility and learn about MEMA, the State Emergency Operations Center, and The Maryland Joint Operations Center activities as we as actionable steps they can take to be well prepared in the event of an emergency. During their visit to MEMA, students received promotional posters that are also being distributed to schools electronically and will be available on the website, www.SafeSchoolsMD.org. Digital billboards throughout the state will begin displaying Safe Schools Maryland information starting today as part of the campaign launch.

The governor also announced that the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) was just awarded $3.6 million in federal school safety grants, which will supplement over $40 million in state funding provided in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. A five-year, $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow Maryland to implement the Maryland School Emergency Preparedness Program, a partnership between MSDE, local school systems, MEMA and local emergency managers. In addition, a three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow MSDE to implement a new violence prevention model in schools across the state.

“Learning simply cannot take place in a school where students and teachers don’t feel safe,” Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools said. “These funds will help Maryland update and modernize emergency operations plans in schools throughout the state, and utilize state-of-the-art techniques to better identify potential threats to student safety.”

Earlier this year, Governor Hogan proposed and enacted landmark school safety legislation, expanding the work of the Maryland Center for School Safety, creating statewide school safety standards requiring standardized training and certification for school resource officers, and requiring each school system in Maryland to develop mental health assessment teams in order to identify students whose behavior may pose a threat to safety and provide interventions.


Federal Agencies to Conduct Test of Cell Phone and Broadcast Alert Systems

Most Marylanders Will Receive Wireless Emergency Alert As Part Of Nationwide Communications Test On Oct. 3

REISTERSTOWN, MD (October 2, 2018)–Residents and visitors in Maryland – like those around the nation – will receive tests of the national cell phone and broadcast alert systems on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).


The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.


The Federal Government will be conducting this test; however, the state has the ability to use these systems to disseminate important messages in coordination with local emergency officials. During an AMBER Alert for a missing endangered child, for example, Maryland will disseminate the message after coordinating through appropriate law enforcement officials.


“The ability to communicate danger to the public in a timely fashion is crucial for saving lives,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russ Strickland. “Although the state is not involved in this test, we depend on the system to quickly communicate danger to the public.”


The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:


“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”


The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.


Cell towers will broadcast the Oct. 3 WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”


The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of the WEA test.


The test was originally schedule for Thursday, Sept. 20, but the continuing federal response to Hurricane Florence resulted in postponing the test until Wednesday, October 3.


If you would like more information about this test, FEMA has provided responses to Frequently Asked Questions at: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test  Any additional questions should be directed to: FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov


Hogan Administration Announces Statewide Response Efforts to Florence

Image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station

Governor Urges Marylanders to Plan Now, Heed Local Authorities’ Instructions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 11, 2018) — Governor Larry Hogan has directed state agencies to work together to keep Marylanders safe and informed as Hurricane Florence continues to head towards the U.S. eastern seaboard. Large areas of Maryland have already experienced significant rainfall in the past few days, making the ground saturated with water and thus making this storm a serious threat to life and property.

“I have signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.22 declaring a state of emergency beginning Monday, September 10, 2018 ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “There is an elevated potential for historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds. I urge Marylanders to stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to state and local authorities, use common sense, and most importantly, plan and be prepared ahead of this storm. Do not wait until Wednesday,” he added.

Governor Hogan has directed Maryland state agencies to provide any support needed to local jurisdictions and Maryland residents who may be potentially affected by Florence. “Our administration is committed to doing all that we can to ensure Marylanders remain safe and impacted communities are able to recover from this severe weather once it passes,” he concluded.

State agencies are supporting the local response as this event unfolds. MEMA advises the public, especially those living in or around coastal areas or areas prone to flooding to be “extremely vigilant” during this event.

The following actions have been taken by state agencies to respond to the ongoing event:

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

  • MEMA has increased the state’s response level in order to efficiently coordinate activities and has increased staffing levels at the State Emergency Operations Center.
  • MEMA is currently supporting all local jurisdictions requests, while coordinating among state agencies to fulfill any requests from local jurisdictions.
  • MEMA has been facilitating weather calls with the National Weather Service and has been in frequent contact with local emergency managers, state agencies, and local partners to maintain situational awareness and coordination.

Maryland National Guard

  • The Guard is ready to support the Governor, MEMA, and other partner agencies as we prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence.
  • Our Joint Operations Center is manned around the clock, and we are in constant contact with MEMA, ready to respond as needed.

Maryland Department of Human Services

  • Providing multi-agency coordination for mass care services through State Coordinating Function Human Services.
  • Preparing a state shelter strategy to assist with disaster sheltering for our local jurisdictions.

Maryland Energy Administration

  • Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Public Service Commission continue to monitor, support, and coordinate with the Maryland electric and gas utilities on their storm preparedness, mobilization, and restoration efforts.

Maryland Department of Health

  • The Department of Health has reached out to local health departments, state facilities, and state partners to establish unmet needs and provide updates.

Maryland Insurance Administration

  • Maryland Insurance Administration’s response team is prepared to respond to consumer related insurance issues related to the pending storm.
  • Insurance preparedness information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2QkaqKi

Maryland Department of Disabilities

  • The Department of Disabilities has posted emergency preparedness links and tips on our social media platforms.
  • We are preparing to deploy a large inventory of accessibility devices, including communication technologies to mass care shelters.

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)

  • MIEMSS will be maintaining situational awareness and coordinating with other agencies.
  • MIEMSS is prepared to assist with coordination of EMS resources to impacted jurisdictions–or to impacted states if Maryland is not significantly impacted.
  • MIEMSS will be sending regular updates to EMS operation programs and hospitals and will be monitoring hospital physical plant status (power, water, etc.).

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)

  • The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is deploying maintenance forces throughout the state to begin preparations for the storm and its impacts. MDOT SHA crews will inspect, clean and clear stormwater ditches, drains, and inlets to ensure adequate drainage.
  • Crews from MDOT SHA maintenance facilities are also evaluating all emergency response equipment such as high water signs, chainsaws, chippers, loaders, and grading trucks. Additionally, crews are ensuring that all generators are fully topped off and functional in case of power outages.

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)

  • As weather conditions develop, MTA patrols service areas of roads that are particularly challenging (steep hills, curves and the like) to monitor road conditions and advise of any bus diversions needed, speed restrictions or service stoppage due to high or rising water or blocked roadways.
  • For Light RailLink and Metro SubwayLink, MDOT MTA will increase visual monitoring of catenary lines to prevent limbs and trees strikes to the power lines.

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA)

  • A number of airlines have announced travel advisories and relaxed ticketing policies ahead of Hurricane Florence. Travelers this week are recommended to check with their airline for up-to-date flight status information.
  • This week, Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport employees will conduct inspections of the airfield and terminal to ensure a safe operating environment for travelers and employees.
  • Employees will work to secure equipment on the airfield and at construction sites to prevent material from becoming airborne during high winds.
  • Emergency generators will be checked and fueled.

Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)

  • The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to be prepared for wind warnings, restrictions, and the potential for temporary traffic holds. Any decision to hold traffic at Maryland toll facilities is based upon current weather at the facility.
  • The MDTA will make every effort to keep all of its facilities open as long as conditions are deemed safe to do so.
  • Rain and high winds may prevent two-way operations (when one lane of eastbound traffic travels on the westbound span) at the Bay Bridge. Officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and will implement two-way operations, if possible.

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA)

  • The MDOT MPA is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • MDOT MPA is also checking storm drains for debris and reminding tenants about potential flooding areas.

Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA)

  • MDOT MVA is prepared to work with law enforcement and local authorities to identify vehicles impacted by Hurricane Florence and ensure they are processed appropriately.
  • The status of MDOT MVA branch offices/VEIP stations that are impacted by the inclement weather will be posted to the website and social media. Remember, many MDOT MVA services are offered online and can be accessed at your convenience. Please check www.mva.maryland.gov for further updates.

Maryland Department of State Police

  • State Police Special Operations Division personnel are coordinating with MEMA as predictions are made about the storm’s greatest impact in Maryland in order to make pre-deployment assignments of troopers and equipment.
  • Commanders of specialized divisions not normally assigned to road patrol are scheduling the redeployment of troopers to road patrol assignments and other support functions where the areas of predicted need during the storm are the greatest.

Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation

  • The Division of Unemployment Insurance is preparing for any increase in unemployment Insurance applications after the storm.
  • Preparing the Maryland Home Improvement Commission staff and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health staff to assist with public inquiries after the storm.

State Department of Assessment and Taxation

  • SDAT’s local assessment offices are reviewing procedures and will be prepared to work with MEMA and inspect areas impacted by the impending severe weather to assess property damage.

Maryland Department of Budget and Management

  • The Department of Budget and Management encourages all State employees and interested parties to monitor our website and Twitter account for the latest updates regarding special closings of State buildings, liberal leave announcements, and other emergency information.

Maryland Department of Planning

  • Staff of the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is available to assist State Historic Preservation Offices in the affected region by carrying out damage assessments and analysis of historic and cultural resources in communities affected by Hurricane Florence to determine the extent of damage and prioritize recovery operations.
  • MHT is also available to provide guidance on repair, rehabilitation, and protection of historic and cultural resources as requested.

Maryland Dept of Information Technology

  • The Department will be ready to update the Maryland.gov portal and the State of Maryland social media channels with news and information about the storm from MEMA and the Governor’s Office.
  • We will be prepared to issue statewide alerts on all Maryland state government websites if action is required.

Maryland Department of Commerce

  • Maryland Commerce will communicate any emergency information or information as it relates to the business community through its social media channels as information becomes available.

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Charlotte Hall Veterans Home (CHVH) and Cemetery Program emergency generators and vehicles fuel topped off (pick-up trucks, tractors, buses, vans, golf carts).
  • We will hold daily CHVH staff meetings as storm approaches.
  • CHVH emergency trailer supplies checked, i.e. plywood, tape, flashlights, tools as well as supplies checked for par levels plus four days, i.e. medications, food, water, linen, Cemetery Program supplies checked, bottled water purchased, chainsaws fueled and ready to remove down limbs and trees, drains and areas prone to flooding cleared and dug out.

Maryland Department of Agriculture

  • The Department’s Animal Health staff will be on call to respond to any animal-related emergencies. They can be reached at 410-841-5971.
  • Animal Health staff is prepared to respond to requests for assistance with livestock and companion animals in the affected area(s).

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

  • Anglers, boaters and watermen are encouraged to heed all advice and alerts from federal and state officials and law enforcement, and urged to remove, secure, store or tie-up all equipment, gear, and vessels in preparation for the storm(s). Commercial crabbers can remove their fishing equipment and gear immediately so it does not get damaged or dislodged.
  • The department recommends that boaters secure vessels with extra lines and bumpers. Remove or secure all loose items on board. Shut off fuel tanks and remove portable fuel and oil containers. Make sure batteries are fully-charged and working, and turn on auto bilge pumps.
  • Several state parks, including Assateague State Park in Worcester County and Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County will likely limit or restrict public access and recreation, like camping and swimming, due to public safety concerns. Other state parks, including Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore/Howard County, have already experienced localized flooding.
  • The department is working with partners to drawdown state-managed dams and lakes in an orderly and safe fashion to reduce the likelihood a breach or leak. The public should remain cautious in and around local waterways, like creeks, rivers and streams. Many shorelines are already well-saturated downstream with dangerous and swift currents.
  • The department’s Hydrographic Operations crew stands ready to clean and clear marine debris that pose a hazard or threat to navigation. It will coordinate activities with the Maryland Natural Resources Police, U.S. Coast Guard and other partners. Report hazards to 410-260-8888.
  • Active department-managed projects, including boat ramp construction, dam removal and stream restoration will likely be delayed so teams can properly secure and store construction equipment and gear. Crews are on standby to deal with fallen tree limbs and trunks on department property.
  • The department will continue monitoring the health of Chesapeake Bay following the expected storms, running a cruise next week. Staff will also collect river and stream storm samples after the rains subside. We will also monitor flows from the Susquehanna River and Conowingo Dam.

Maryland Department of General Services

  • DGS is readying all state office buildings for adverse weather and has prepared them to be back in operation as soon as the storm clears.
  • DGS maintains an emergency resource list of 100+ vendors, ready to serve during a State of emergency.
  • DGS can coordinate with our fellow state agencies to provide access to any vehicles in the DGS fleet or in other state agency fleets, including any trucks or four-wheel drive vehicles, for usage by local or state agencies whose fleet may have been negatively affected by the storm.
  • DGS, as the agency of record for the Federal Surplus Property Program, can work with our federal partners, including FEMA and GSA, to secure a variety of surplus items.
  • DGS has communicated with Mansfield Oil to top off all priority refueling sites around the state including sites for MSP, MDTA, MTA and SHA.
  • DGS has a designated MEMA resource team procurement officer ready and willing to report on site to assist in utilizing the emergency resource list, which consists of the following resources; generators, sandbags (pre-filled & empty), ice, dry ice, food, and MREs.

Maryland Stadium Authority

  • The FEMA flood map for Baltimore City indicates the southern portion of the Camden Yards Sports Complex is vulnerable to storm surge. The Baltimore Orioles begin a 9-game home stand beginning tomorrow evening, Tuesday, September 11th and concluding Wednesday, September 19th.
  • The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) has been monitoring the storm’s path and has informed the Ballpark Crisis Management Team (MSA, Baltimore Orioles, SP+ Parking and Baltimore City Police Department) about the possibility of convening a meeting. MSA has asked the Ballpark Crisis Management Team members to review ‘Hurricane Preparedness and Response Planning Annex from the Oriole Park Emergency Response Plan’ to be best prepared.
  • The MSA encourages all guests and tenants of the Camden Yards Sports Complex to monitor the MSA and Orioles websites’ (www.MDStad.com / www.Orioles.com ) and Twitter accounts’ (@MDStadiumAuth / @Orioles) for updates.

Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • The office provided ASL interpreters for the emergency broadcast to ensure accessibility and effective communication.

Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives/Office on Service & Volunteerism

  • These offices will contact all volunteer centers across the state, and other service organizations, to alert them to be on the ready for requests for volunteer support during and after the storm.

Maryland Department of the Environment

  • MDE’s Water and Science Administration (WSA) will notify high and significant hazard dam owners and operators to monitor the weather and reduce pool levels if possible, check all emergency equipment (including backup power systems), review emergency action plans and update emergency contacts. WSA will also contact wastewater treatment plants and drinking water facilities to take precautions. WSA will monitor storm impacts to determine if emergency closures are needed to shellfish harvesting areas.
  • The MDE hazmat team is prepared to respond statewide to chemical or oil spills as necessary during the event.
  • MDE’s Land and Materials Administration advised landfill and other solid waste facility operators to take steps to prepare for the possible storm and associated precipitation by ensuring good coverage of waste, pumping down leachate storage facilities and securing the site for possible high winds and heavy precipitation.

Our social media specialists will be monitoring the situation and will also be posting updated information as it becomes available. You can follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at facebook.com/MDMEMA.


Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Florence

Executive Order Issued Ahead of Storm Making Projected Landfall on the U.S. East Coast

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 10, 2018)Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.22 declaring a state of emergency beginning Monday, September 10, 2018 ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence. The executive order will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.

“At this time, there is still some uncertainty about the track of this storm and its potential impact, but we are preparing for any possible outcome, including the potential for historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds,” said Governor Hogan. “Our state is taking every precaution, and I urge Marylanders to do the same. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to state and local authorities, and most importantly, use common sense.”

Weather forecasters have indicated that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions in our waterways. Current forecasts indicate that torrential rains, tropical storm force winds, and and tidal flooding/storm surge could impact the state beginning as early as Thursday.

The state’s Emergency Operations Center Response Level has been elevated and center is fully staffed with emergency management personnel and state agency coordinating function representatives.

The state of emergency allows the governor to access critical resources in order to increase the state’s response, like the Maryland National Guard. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This compact serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s mutual aid system and offers assistance and aid during states of emergency through member states.

“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,” said MEMA’s Executive Director, Russell Strickland. “We encourage all residents and visitors to our State to visit www.KnowYourZoneMD.com to see if they are inside, or, if they are traveling to, a hurricane evacuation zone,” he added.

Governor Hogan has directed state agencies to stand ready to respond to the effects of this storm, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). For more information, residents can also go to MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov, follow MEMA’s Twitter feed at @MDMEMA, or follow MEMA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.


What does a “State of Emergency” mean?

What does a “State of Emergency” mean?

In preparation for Hurricane Florence, Governor Larry Hogan has asked State agencies to launch a coordinated effort to keep Marylanders safe and informed in the upcoming days. Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. EST.  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.

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. Check with your school for up-to-date closure information.

Will stores and businesses be open?

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

Can I drive on the roads?

Most of the time, motorists are not prohibited from driving. However, this depends on the situation and the limitations set in each particular State of Emergency. Each State of Emergency is different.  If you are a motorist and must drive and cannot change your plans, you should drive carefully and use common sense. You should also:

  • Allow extra time to get to your  destinations.
  • Let family or/and friends know what roads you plan to take and expected arrival times.
  • Contact family/friends after you arrive to your destination.

What you need to know about Hurricane Florence:

  • Preparing for this weather event now is key.
  • We are tracking this storm moment-by-moment, and we won’t know the exact direction it will take until it makes landfall, but we must ensure we are prepared for all possible impacts to our state.
  • As of 11:00 a.m.Monday, September 10, 2018, we are anticipating that the biggest threat to lives and property from this storm will be life-threatening flooding due to torrential rains, and tidal flooding/storm surge.
  • The earliest we can expect tropical storm force winds is Thursday evening, particularly in southern and southwestern Maryland.
  • Weather forecasters have alerted us that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions in our waterways.
     

MEMA Reminds Marylanders: September is National and Maryland Preparedness Month

 

 

 

A graphic for the national preparedness month 2018 campaign. It says "disasters happen. prepare now. Learn how." The lower middle bottom of the graphic has the FEMA logo and the ready.gov logo

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (September 1, 2018)— As a summer full of rain-induced emergencies around the state comes to a close, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reminds Marylanders that this is time to review their preparedness plans.

“The flooding in Ellicott City and other parts of Maryland earlier this year reminds us that emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere,” said MEMA’s Executive Director, Russell Strickland. “It is imperative that we all have a plan in place and a disaster supply kit. Now is the time to make sure you are ready for emergencies,” he added.

Preparedness Month, which begins today, September 1, reminds us to prepare throughout the year. The theme this year is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. MEMA has a clear message for all Marylanders:

1. Prepare for an emergency before it happens.
2. Have a plan in place. This means a communications plan, an evacuation & reconvening plan, and a plan for your pets.
3. Know your Zone and be a good neighbor (It only takes one storm to change your life).

Making preparations when threats are not imminent can make communities more resilient. In addition to flooding, some hazards common to Maryland include high wind, severe thunderstorms, and winter storms. Residents should also be aware of other issues such as cybersecurity, extended power outages, and active assailant events.

To find important emergency preparedness information for these and additional threats, visit:

  1. MEMA: mema.maryland.gov
  2. Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.ready.gov
  3. National Weather Service: www.weather.gov/safety

Graphic on a dark cloudy background. It says it only takes one storm to change your life. know your Zone md.com

While this year’s hurricane season has been quieter than last year thus far, September and October mark the height of the mid-Atlantic hurricane season. Conditions in the Atlantic Ocean do not appear favorable for storm development, but it only takes one storm hitting our area to threaten lives and destroy property, “and it does not need to be a Hurricane,” added Strickland.

“I want to remind those who live, work or visit Maryland to also learn about our new Know Your Zone storm preparedness and evacuation campaign. We are simplifying evacuation plans if they are needed in parts of Maryland that could be affected by storm surge or tidal flooding for hurricanes or other large storms.”

The new system features three evacuation zones–A, B and C–along the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, the Atlantic Ocean, and the coastal bays. A is the most flood-prone area, with Band C following respectively. If local officials call for an evacuation, they can do so by zones, which have been determined by state of the art technology not available a few years ago.

To find out if you live in one of the zones, please go to www.KnowYourZoneMD.com, click on the “Find Your Zone” button, and type your address into the search area in the upper left corner. That will tell you what, if any, evacuation zone you are in. The website also contains useful information about hurricanes and preparedness tips.

MEMA will be involved in preparedness events around the state throughout September. For updated information on these events, follow us on Twitter, @MDMEMA, and our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MDMEMA


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Maryland Affected by May Flooding  


WASHINGTON 
(July 27, 2018)– Maryland businesses and residents affected by severe flooding in Baltimore City and Howard County on May 27, 2018, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon announced today.

Administrator McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Larry Hogan on
July 23, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers Baltimore City and Howard County, and the adjacent counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s in Maryland.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Maryland with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said McMahon. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The three Centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated:

Baltimore City
Stillmeadow Evangelical Free Church
5110 Frederick Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229
Opening:  Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m.
Hours:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m., weekdays
Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed:  Sunday, Aug. 5
Closes:  Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.

Howard County
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Ave.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Opening:  Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m.
Hours:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m., weekdays
Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed:  Sunday, Aug. 5
Closes:  Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.

Baltimore County
Catonsville Senior Center
501 North Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
Opening:  Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m.
Hours:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m., weekdays
Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed:  Sunday, Aug. 5
Closes:  Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.

“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Maryland District Director Stephen Umberger.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 3.61 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 24, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 25, 2019.

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Contact: 
Michael Lampton 
(404) 331-0333 
Michael.Lampton@sba.gov


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