Gov. O’Malley gives kudos to CHHS
Governor Martin O’Malley gave the keynote address at the Maryland Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness today and announced the creation of the Maryland Civic Guard for Emergency Preparedness. You can view a clip from his announcement below:
Governor O’Malley noted that CHHS is partnering with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in the first phase of the Civic Guard initiative. We will “work with local government, the private sector, and non-profit entities to identify resource needs and potential opportunities for private sector and non-profit entities to create or expand partnerships. The Civic Guard initiative will seek to share information on needs and resources and, where possible, create agreements and memoranda of understanding – before disaster strikes – with business and non-profit partners.”
We also got a mention in the Baltimore Sun’s article about the Civic Guard, thanks to Lori Romer Stone:
Businesses and other organizations want to lend a hand, but often don’t know whom in government to approach, said Lori Romer Stone, a coordinator with the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security that helped developed the initiative.
She said one model for the Civic Guard was an agreement between construction unions and O’Malley when he was Baltimore’s mayor. That allowed heavy equipment operators to be pre-qualified to work at disaster sites, thus avoiding delays.