The State of Maryland Commits to Improving Emergency Preparedness with Adoption of the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

November 13th, 2013

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Recently, the State of Maryland strengthened its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness. On October 29, 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a new Executive Order to update the State’s preparedness program for homeland security and emergency management, with the goal of leveraging resource data to drive prioritization and investment in preparedness activities. To accomplish this, the Executive Order adopts the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP), which is the State’s overarching platform to ensure a consistent and holistic approach to preparedness.

Additionally, as part of Maryland’s commitment to enhancing its ability to withstand natural and man-made disasters, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has developed a robust response plan, and is currently developing plans to support the operations and activities of the other mission areas: mitigation, recovery, and prevention/protection. MEMA is also engaging in many other planning efforts with other State agencies and departments, as well as the public and private sectors, to improve the State’s preparedness and increase resilience.

The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) supported MEMA’s efforts to develop the MEPP, and CHHS also is currently working with MEMA, other state agencies, and local partners on projects that will establish the relationships, tools, and systems that MEMA will need to satisfy the requirements of the MEPP.

MEMA is a Center for Preparedness Excellence, and the Agency’s efforts under the MEPP will help ensure that the State of Maryland, its communities, and community members and visitors will be better equipped to prevent, protect and mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters. CHHS applauds the Governor of Maryland and MEMA’s efforts to improve the State’s emergency preparedness, and looks forward to supporting future efforts.

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