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MEMA Awards $4 Million to Fire, EMS, and Rescue Departments

Through Relief Fund Act of 2021, Federal Government, Maryland, Continue to Build Resilience

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (July 14, 2021) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced awards of $4 million in federal funding made available through the Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF) of 2021. MEMA will distribute these funds to 181 volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue departments throughout the State of Maryland to assist with hardship relief from COVID-19.

With assistance from the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA), MEMA and the Maryland Military Department advertised the availability of the special funding to the volunteer fire and EMS service in each county throughout Maryland. The counties of Allegany (20 applicants), Baltimore (20 applicants), and Frederick (21 applicants) led the state in applications for RELIEF funding, and received ~$382,000, ~$390,000, and ~$654,000 respectively.

“This funding provides much needed financial support to the volunteer fire service for lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 during 2020,” said Russell Strickland, MEMA’s Executive Director.

Of the more than 350 volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue departments, 181 applied for support from the RELIEF Act of 2021. The Maryland General Assembly enacted the RELIEF Act of 2021 to provide needed relief to the volunteer fire service as a result of the loss of fund-raising revenue during the past year. “We are grateful to the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan for helping to make this funding a reality,” Strickland added.

The following is a list and breakdown of the Maryland volunteer fire and EMS departments that applied for and received funding provided pursuant to the RELIEF Fund Act of 2021:

Allegany Baltimore Pike VFD $8,209.66
20 Applications Barton Hose Co. $9,365.12
$382,034.88 Awarded    Bedford Road VFD $47,818.69
Borden Shaft VFC $24,925.79
Bowling Green VFD $22,146.55
Bowman’s Addition VFC $8,020.14
Cresaptown VFD $13,579.00
District 16 VFD $10,962.27
Ellerslie VFD $7,306.66
Flintstone VFC $18,262.13
George’s Creek Ambulance Services $2,600.00
Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 $9,840.96
LaVale VFD $29,267.05
LaVale Vol. Rescue Squad $63,759.20
Midland Fire Company $61,008.31
Mt. Savage VFC $7,419.06
Oldtown VFD $8,848.58
Orleans VFC $14,355.84
Potomac Fire Co $6,493.92
Rawlings VFD $7,845.95
Anne Arundel Cape St. Claire VFC $6,701.31
7 Applications Earleigh Heights VFC $141,891.37
$282,576.53 Awarded Eastport Vol Fire Co. $6,315.50
Ferndale VFC $5,364.80
Glen Burnie VFD $29,133.66
Odenton VFD $34,096.83
Rivera Beach VFC $59,073.06
Baltimore Arbutus VFD $34,976.11
20 Applications Box 234 Association $5,000.00
$389.529.31 Awarded Cockeysville VFC $11,735.36
English Consul Vol Fire Association $24,299.53
Essex VFC $11,033.42
Glyndon VFD $12,937.36
Hereford VFC $39,309.36
Kingsville Volunteers $5,591.39
Lansdowne Vol Fire Association $16,896.07
Liberty Road VFC $5,510.97
Long Green VFC $27,596.85
Lutherville VFC $7,943.85
Maryland Line VFC $23,868.53
Middle River Vol. Fire and Rescue $40,574.38
North Point Edgemere VFD $32,622.89
Owings Mills VFC $17,380.74
Pikesville VFC $7,845.95
Rosedale VFC $31,207.20
White Marsh VFC $13,793.99
Wise Avenue Vol Fire Co. $19,405.35
Calvert Huntingtown VFD $17,306.74
4 Applications North Beach VFD $58,219.28
$120,572.25 Awarded Prince Frederick VFD $12,511.66
St. Leonard VFD $32,534.57
Caroline Denton VFC $18,879.99
5 Applications Goldsboro VFC $30,084.00
$88,116.96 Awarded Greensboro VFC $11,621.92
Preston VFC $18,262.13
Ridgely VFD $9,268.93
Carroll Gamber & Community Fire Co. $15,943.49
8 Applications Hampstead Volunteer Fire & Hose Co. $9,175.86
$284,730.82 Awarded Manchester VFC $44,978.78
Mt. Airy VFC $9,268.93
New Windsor VFD $55,742.73
Pleasant Valley Community Fire Co. $79,034.59
Reese and Community VFD $65,586.45
Union Bridge Fire Company $5,000.00
Cecil Charlestown Fire Co. $5,677.48
2 Applications Community Fire Co. of Rising Sun $37,728.43
$43,405.91 Awarded
Charles Bryan’s Road $8,699.74
2 Applications Hughesville VFD $7,847.37
$16,547.11 Awarded
Dorchester Church Creek VFD $13,822.45
6 Applications Hoopers Island VFC $17,726.38
$74,071.99 Awarded Hurlock VFD $13,809.64
Lakes and Straits VFC $10,236.55
Neck District VFC $7,614.31
Vienna VFC $10,862.66
Frederick Brunswick VFC $26,275.19
21 Applications Brunswick Vol Ambulance and Rescue Inc. $20,072.60
$653,607.16 Awarded Carroll Manor VFD $47,756.85
East New Market VFC $24,040.97
Guardian Hose Co. $44,558.71
Independent Hose Co. $11,944.12
Jefferson VFC $11,155.08
Junior Fire Co. No. 2, Inc. $5,905.58
Libertytown VFD $25,981.97
Middletown VFC $39,858.39
Myersville VFC $24,608.60
New Market VFD $20,666.96
New Midway VFC $23,395.94
Rocky Ridge VFC $25,234.71
The Vigilant Hose Co. of Emmitsburg $107,551.84
Thurmont Community Ambulance Service $64,376.21
United Steam Fire Engine Co. $8,017.66
Urbana VFRC $36,305.46
Walkersville Vol. Fire Company $65,413.27
Walkersville VRC $13,254.11
Woodsboro VFC $7,232.93
Garrett Bittinger VFD $8,699.74
6 Applications Bloomington VFD $8,673.03
$63,013.07 Awarded Friendsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department $18,660.56
Kitzmiller VFC $10,691.90
Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad $6,876.62
Oakland VFD $9,411.22
Harford Abingdon VFC $13,269.48
10 Applications Darlington VFD $18,537.62
$178,701.65 Awarded Fallston Vol. Fire and Ambulance Co. $16,383.80
Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps. $5,569.19
Jarrettsville VFC $29,248.07
Joppa Magnolia VFC $40,939.80
Ladies Auxiliary to the Level VFC $6,327.81
Norrisville VFC $7,377.79
Susquehanna Hose Co. $24,051.16
Whiteford VFC $16,996.93
Howard Fifth District VFD $47,616.69
2 Applications Savage VFC $18,224.99
$65,841.68 Awarded
Kent Betterton VFC $6,599.10
5 Applications Chestertown VFC $7,605.19
$46,621.50 Awarded Community Fire Co. of Millington $13,167.88
Galena VFD $9,980.41
Kennedyville VFC $9,268.93
Montgomery Cabin John Park VFD $9,268.93
6 Applications Damascus VFD $39,720.60
$145,963.74 Awarded Kensington VFD $58,076.20
Laytonsville VFD $8,572.24
Upper Montgomery County VFD $22,607.90
Wheaton Vol Rescue Squad $7,717.88
Prince George’s Accokeek VFD $10,407.31
14 Applications Bladensburg VFDRS $28,962.05
$232,789.41 Awarded Branchville VFC $39,151.41
Brandywine VFD $13,699.22
Brentwood VFD $22,075.70
Clinton VFD $4,039.00
College Park VFD $6,138.38
Forestville VFD $4,200.00
Glenn Dale Fire Association $11,368.67
Greenbelt VFD $5,219.99
Laurel Volunteer Fire Rescue Squad $9,268.93
P.G. Volunteer Marine Fire Rescue, Inc. $10,382.26
Silver Hill VFD $42,851.14
West Lanham Hills VFD $25,025.34
Queen Anne’s Church Hill VFC $3,960.00
2 Applications Queen Anne-Hillsboro VFC $9,493.89
$13,453.89 Awarded
Somerset Crisfield Fire Department $6,565.27
4 Applications Deal Island – Chance VFC $4,100.00
$34,922.49 Awarded Fairmont VFD $9,580.98
Marion Fire Dept. $14,676.23
St. Mary’s Hollywood VFD $39,091.07
5 Applications Leonardtown VFD $9,553.52
$92,264.78 Awarded Mechanicsville VFD $6,949.68
Ridge VFD $33,120.50
Second District VFDRS $3,550.00
Talbot Easton VFD $22,445.07
5 Applications Oxford Fire Co. $28,386.03
$120,346.14 Awarded St. Michael’s Fire Dept. $24,067.87
Tilghman VFD $32,108.53
Trappe VFC $13,338.64
Washington Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Services $30,822.73
16 Applications First Hose Company of Boonsboro $15,814.61
$283,256.02 Awarded Clear Spring Ambulance Club $2,653.98
Clear Spring VFC $7,061.64
Community Fire Co. of District 12 $28,992.79
Community Rescue Services, Inc. of Hagerstown $3,700
First Hagerstown Hose Co. $15,216.21
Funkstown VFC $17,066.83
Hancock VFC $9,268.93
Leitersburg Vol. Fire Co. – Hagerstown $7,845.95
Maugansville Goodwill VFC $16,412.26
Mt. Aetna VFD $10,135.79
Potomac Valley Fire Co. $9,838.12
Sharpsburg VFC $14,197.48
Western Enterprise Fire Co. #4 $66,745.69
Williamsport Vol Fire and EMS, Inc. $27,483.01
Wicomico Delmar Fire Dept. $60,541.19
9 Applications Fruitland Fire Dept. $5,574.03
$366,173.97 Awarded Hebron VFD $114,828.65
Mardela Springs VFD $12,647.07
Pittsville FD $29,190.58
Powellville VFC $10,691.90
Sharptown VFD $104,608.27
West Side Fire Company $12,419.96
Willards VFC $15,672.32
Worcester Showell VFD $12,968.66
2 Applications Snow Hill Fire Co. $8,490.08
$21,458.74 Awarded


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2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts on Heels of Record Year

Marylanders in Coastal, Tidal Areas Should “Know Your Zone”

The Know Your Zone Logo. A Hurricane Icon with the Maryland State Flag image in it. Text reads "Know Your Zone It's as easy as A-B-C"

Reisterstown, Md. (June 1, 2021)  The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season starts today, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency reminds residents that while the  effects of the pandemic are beginning to wane, COVID-19 precautions should still be a part of their planning. Residents who live near the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and along the tidal Potomac, also should be familiar with the state’s Know Your Zone evacuation program.

The National Weather Service and other forecasters are predicting a busier than usual hurricane season this year on the heels of a 2020 season that saw a record-setting 30 named storms, 14 of which became hurricanes. Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall in Maryland, leading to a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the state and three counties.

“As we learned last year, it just takes one storm hitting your area to make a severe impact,” said Russ Strickland, MEMA executive director. “It is important to make preparations before the season starts, make sure COVID-19 precautions are considered in your family plan and be ready to follow the directions of local emergency officials.”

MEMA coordinated with other state agencies, local, and federal partners to update hurricane, and all natural hazards to ensure that the state is prepared for hurricane season. As with the 2020 hurricane season, planners identified shelters with less open space and more individual rooms, such as hotels and motels, apartments and rental properties to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19, even as the effects of the pandemic are starting to ease.

Make sure your emergency kit continues to have COVID-19-related supplies, like extra face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfectant. While mask and spacing mandates are being relaxed, you may be more comfortable having these supplies if you need to go to a shelter.

It also may be important to allow extra time to evacuate because shelters might be farther away. As always, you are better off locating shelter with family or friends outside the expected danger zone or stay at an accommodation of your choice.

Marylanders also should Know Your Zone to see if the places you live, work or visit are in one of Maryland’s three evacuation zones. The Know Your Zone program allows local emergency officials to order evacuations by letter zones (A, B and C) to more easily provide information to those in the area.

Remember that even if you are not in one of the Maryland evacuation zones, you could still feel the effects of hurricanes and other hazards. Hurricanes can spawn flash floods, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes many miles away from the eye of the storm and 100 miles or more inland.

Here are some additional considerations while planning for hurricanes and other hazards:

  • Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
  • Determine your best protection for high winds and flooding.
  • Unless you live in an evacuation zone, make a plan to shelter-in-place in your home, if it is safe to do so.
  • If you live in a mandatory evacuation zone, make a plan with friends or family to shelter with them where you will be safer and more comfortable.
  • Check with local authorities for the latest information about public evacuation shelters.
  • Only use outdoor generators that are at least 20 feet away from your home and away from windows, doors, and vents.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit MEMAFEMA, the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross.

For access to preparedness tips and information, install the MD Ready web app by visiting on your mobile device’s web browser. To receive text alerts, tips, and resources related to threats and hazards that may affect Maryland (including COVID-19), text “MdReady” to 898-211.


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Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week Set For April 5-9

New MDReady WebApp Will Debut as MEMA, National Weather Service Focus on Spring Storm Hazard Preparation, Urge Marylanders to Practice Tornado Drill

REISTERSTOWN, MD (April 6, 2021) — Maryland residents are invited to practice what to do in a tornado as part of Severe Storms Awareness Week, April 5-9, 2021. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) also is launching a new mobile website application during the week. The MdReady WebApp replaces the existing Maryland Prepares App and provides instant access to a wide array of emergency notifications and preparedness information to Marylanders and visitors alike. To install the new WebApp, users can visit and follow the prompt to easily add the MdReady shortcut to their mobile device’s home screen.

Severe Storms Awareness Week is taking place during the month of April, which Governor Hogan has proclaimed as Maryland’s Flood Awareness Month. During Severe Storms Awareness Week in Maryland, MEMA will devote special days to cover information about flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and lightning.

On Wednesday, April 7, Marylanders are invited by MEMA and the National Weather Service (NWS) to practice what to do in the event of a tornado. Because people’s routines have been changed due to the ongoing pandemic, people are asked to review their emergency weather plans and ensure they consider the implications of COVID-19.

“The pandemic has not only changed the daily routine for many of us, but it also has changed how we prepare for emergencies,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “Severe Storms Awareness Week is not only a chance to review what we need to do to prepare for spring weather hazards, but also to highlight that COVID-19 is now part of our preparations.”

As part of pandemic precautions, Marylanders should include additional supplies like extra face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant in their emergency supply kits. It’s also important to remember that if evacuations and shelters are needed that distancing and other public health precautions may alter what facilities are used and how far away they might be away from one’s home.

“The majority of Maryland’s weather-related damage comes from thunderstorms and tornadoes,” said James E. Lee, Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office (WFO). “The NWS Baltimore/Washington WFO typically identifies hazardous weather threats minutes in advance, then immediately issues severe weather warnings.  It is vital that Marylanders receive our warnings and rapidly respond to get out of harm’s way. Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week reminds people to develop a response plan, then practice the plan during the tornado drill.”

While Marylanders are encouraged to practice a tornado drill at any time that day the NWS will issue a Special Weather Statement on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios about the tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. April 7 — but without the high-pitched tones associated with an actual tornado warning. The NWS Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office, which covers most Maryland jurisdictions is coordinating this statement and drill in conjunction with their colleagues at NWS Mount Holly (PA), which covers Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, and NWS Wakefield (VA) which handles Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

To find more preparedness information for severe storms and other hazards, please visit the following websites:, or


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Governor Hogan Proclaims April 2021 as Maryland Flood Awareness Month

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (April 1, 2021) — Governor Larry Hogan, today, proclaimed the first Maryland Flood Awareness Month.  Maryland Flood Awareness Month will run from April 1 to April 30, 2021.  Every year, floods in Maryland kill more residents and destroy more property than any other natural hazard.

The frequency and intensity of storms are expected to increase over time.  Recent predictions suggest that flooding in normally dry areas is likely in the future. This could mean deeper flooding, floods moving further inland, and more damage from storms.  This is not only a potential danger for coastal Maryland but for all communities in Maryland.

The Hogan Administration is joining with the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Maryland Environmental Service, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and the Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers to encourage all Marylanders to learn more about the different flood hazards faced by individuals and communities across the state.

“Our Administration is dedicated to working with our state, local and federal partners to assist Marylanders to become aware of their risk and take steps to protect themselves from the risk,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

Maryland Flood Awareness Month will raise awareness about the many flood hazards faced by individuals and communities across the state and provide information on what Marylanders can do to protect themselves, their property and possessions, their finances, and communities.  The Maryland Resiliency Partnership will work with a variety of public and private partners to help educate the public around three key messages as they relate to different flood hazards: know your risk, reduce your risk, insure your risk.

Throughout the month of April, information and activities will focus on these three key messages as they relate to each week’s theme:

  1. Individuals preparing for the impacts of flooding;
  2. Riverine flooding and flooding outside the regulatory floodplain;
  3. Coastal hazards (storm surge, nuisance flooding, sea level rise, erosion, subsidence, and flooding outside the regulatory floodplain);
  4. Urban and flash flooding, dam break, and flooding outside the regulatory floodplain; and
  5. Communities preparing for the impacts of flooding.

During the month of April, these agencies will be sharing information on their social media platforms; hosting virtual events to engage in conversations about flooding; and providing digital resources on the Maryland Resiliency Partnership website.

Additional information about Flood Awareness Month can be found on the Maryland Resiliency Partnership website (


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MEMA Reminds Marylanders of COVID-19 Rumor Control Page

Updated Site Will Make it Easier to Find Accurate Information and Report Rumors About Pandemic, COVID-19 Vaccination

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 8, 2021) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) today unveiled a revamped and redesigned rumor control page that will help visitors more easily find accurate information related to the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccinations. It will also allow users to quickly check the accuracy of potential disinformation, misinformation, and rumors. The web address for the new page is

Visitors to the site will have three choices. They could click on “Vaccine Rumors” to visit the site’s section addressing rumors and misinformation related specifically to the COVID-19 vaccination. Or, they could click on “Virus Rumors” and visit the area of the site devoted to general SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 pandemic rumors. Lastly, they could submit a rumor they have seen or heard by clicking the “Submit a Rumor” button.

“We are aware of the increased volume of inaccurate information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and are hopeful that the redesigned rumor control page will continue to provide Marylanders with reliable and unambiguous information,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “With public interest focused on the COVID vaccinations, it is a good opportunity to remind Marylanders and visitors to our state about the information resources available to them during this important time.”

The original pandemic rumor control page was unveiled last spring to help provide a centralized location for residents to check the accuracy of information they may have heard or read. The MEMA team worked with the Maryland Department of Health and used information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other trusted experts to provide accurate information.

The rumor control page concept was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a way to combat rumors or intentional misinformation related to disasters and their recovery programs. MEMA has been using rumor control pages and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages to address rumors and common misinformation for several years.


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MEMA Secures $19.3 Million to Prepare for and Reduce Risks of Hazards, Disasters, Terrorist Attacks

Grants to Fund Projects that Continue Building Resilience and All-Hazard Preparedness in Maryland

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 5, 2021) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced today that it will receive a combined total of $19,331,363 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program.  The HSGP, NSGP, and EMPG are the three programs that constitute the DHS/FEMA focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from disasters and terrorist attacks.

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)

Ensuring the safety of Marylanders is a top State priority. MEMA has been awarded $11,595,897 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 in order to prepare State and local communities for terrorist attacks. The award is part of the Homeland Security Grants Program, which will provide $1,120,000,000 nationwide to recipients to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to terrorist attacks.  This grant will fund capability building at the state and local government level by enhancing planning, training, and exercising for terrorist attacks and improving emergency managers’ response.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) awards total $1.2 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.  The awards provide funding for physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. The NSGP also seeks to integrate the preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts.

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program.

MEMA has been awarded $6,535,466 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 to be used for assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies to implement the National Preparedness System (NPS) and to support the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The  Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) award is one of the grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA’s focus on all-hazards emergency preparedness. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS.

Collectively these critical funds support MEMA’s mission to proactively reduce disaster risks and reliably manage consequences through collaborative work with Maryland’s communities and partners and MEMA’s vision to shape a resilient Maryland where communities thrive.


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Maryland Receives Highest Honor in Emergency Management

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (March 1, 2021) — The State of Maryland joins Arkansas and Washoe County, NV. as the three jurisdictions to have earned the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) distinction in 2021.

“We are thrilled and extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). “This accreditation shows our commitment to our field, to keeping Marylanders safe, and to shaping a more resilient Maryland where communities thrive.”

The EMAP Accreditation is awarded to programs that have built and sustained a set of Emergency Management capabilities over a period of years. MEMA remains among the elite leaders in emergency management by earning accreditation through the EMAP. “Receiving this accreditation is a high honor and I want to congratulate everyone at MEMA for this distinction,” continued Strickland. “But to earn it during a pandemic that has tested and tried us, shows the real character of the individuals in Emergency Management and our administration’s commitment to the safety, wellbeing, and resilience of our state and all Marylanders.”

To earn accreditation programs must show continued leadership to the field of Emergency Management by proving through its commitment and leadership that their programs are sustainable and focus on their communities’ and stakeholders’ best interests. MEMA had to demonstrate through self-assessment, peer assessment, and documentation verification, that its program meets the Emergency Management Standard certified by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the industry.

MEMA and other Emergency Management programs use the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness and response systems. These programs demonstrate accountability and focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed to heighten their preparedness efforts to any technical or natural disaster that may affect their communities. The program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and is then reassessed to maintain accredited status. MEMA received accreditation in 2007, 2014, and 2021.

To learn more about EMAP visit their website at


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Maryland to Appeal Denial of Inaugural Presidential Emergency Declaration

Seeks Reimbursement for Costs Related To Emergency and Safety Measures 

Reisterstown, MD (February 12, 2021)—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland has appealed the federal denial of a request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration to reimburse Maryland agencies for expenses related to the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. in January. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) sent an appeal through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for costs during the period of Jan. 6-21.

“The State of Maryland and several of our jurisdictions were proud to support the peaceful transition of power,” said Gov. Hogan. “We did not hesitate to provide critical support during the January 6 insurrection, and hope that our partners at FEMA will work with us to recoup these expenses.”

The former administration denied Maryland’s request on January 17 and also denied a similar request from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The request covers costs incurred within Maryland, including the staging of law enforcement units to respond into Washington, D.C. if needed and also to secure Annapolis due to threats of nationwide violence at state capitals, along with traffic control measures and the opening of emergency operations centers. The request does not include emergency personnel working in the District under mutual aid agreements since these costs were captured by the District of Columbia, or Maryland National Guard troops in D.C., who were operating under federal orders.

“It has been a long 12 months for many of those involved in the inauguration efforts,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “The ongoing pandemic, several weather incidents, and the riots at the Capitol have stressed many of our agencies. It is important that the federal government recognize this effort, which helped to keep many of their facilities secure.”


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State of Maryland Awarded Over $341 Million Grant for COVID-19 Response

Funds to be used to Reimburse the State for Medical Supplies Purchased during the Pandemic Response

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 22, 2020) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced today that the state of Maryland will receive a $341 million federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) associated with COVID-19.  This award provides funding to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for personal protective equipment (PPE) purchased to support the state’s healthcare workers and first responders. This grant, administered through MEMA’s Public Assistance program, was awarded as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration issued in March 2020 under the Robert T. Stafford Act.

“This much needed federal aid will allow the Maryland Department of Health to recoup expenses related to Covid-19 from January 20 through July 27, 2020,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We are very pleased to have received this award which contributes immensely to our continued fight against this disease.”

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic created an immediate threat to the public health and safety of the State of Maryland, requiring emergency protective measures. In response, MEMA and MDH conducted emergency protective measures consisting of providing management, control, and reduction of immediate threats through purchase and distribution of PPE needed for the COVID-19 statewide response.

Since the start of the pandemic, emergency managers have worked hand-in-hand with public health officials to provide necessary supplies, personnel, and other resources to respond to the challenges associated with COVID-19. This announcement is a demonstration of the important partnerships between local, state, and federal agencies as they work to respond and recover from COVID-19.

Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency For Presidential Inauguration, Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration

State Seeks Federal Assistance for Security, Other Resources Related to D.C. Riots, Presidential Inauguration

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency related to the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. This executive action will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.

The governor has also asked the White House for a Presidential Disaster Declaration to reimburse state and local governments in Maryland for costs incurred by their response to last week’s insurrection at the Capitol, as well as support to federal partners and the District of Columbia for the days leading up to, and including, the inaugural ceremonies. 

“The State of Maryland will continue to do everything we possibly can to secure our nation’s capital and to ensure the peaceful transition of power,” said Governor Hogan. “We did not hesitate to provide critical support during the January 6 insurrection, and will continue to work closely with allied agencies, local governments, and our federal partners to support the Inaugural Ceremonies.” 

In his letter to the administration, Governor Hogan is also requesting that the cost share typically required by the Stafford Act be waived due to the inauguration’s nature as a federal event, as well as the fiscal impact on the state from several recent disasters, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the state of emergency declaration, Governor Hogan has authorized the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and all other appropriate state authorities to deploy and coordinate available resources in support of local jurisdictions and the citizens of Maryland, and to activate their emergency preparedness plans. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

On January 11, Governor Hogan joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in advising residents not to come into Washington, D.C. for the inauguration and to instead participate virtually.


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