Anne Arundel County Maryland, OEM Host Hurricane Workshop

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management, Hurricane Workshop,
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management, Hurricane Workshop

GLEN BURNIE, MD – The Office of Emergency Management hosted a Hurricane Workshop on August 30, 2016 to strengthen the County’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recovery from hurricanes with the focus on resources. Participants included Anne Arundel County Central Services, Department of Public Works, Fire, Police, Department of Health, Department of Inspections and Permits, Office of Planning and Zoning, Department of Social Services, Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis County and City of Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Anne Arundel County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES).
“With Hurricane Season now in full force, we in county government needed to ensure we are prepared,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “Our more than 530 miles of shoreline leave us vulnerable to these types of weather events, but I am confident our team will be ready for any challenge we may face.”
The workshop commenced with presentations to set the stage for resource management. Christopher Strong from the National Weather Services discussed what elements are produced by hurricanes and tropical storms as the County continues efforts to prepare for Hurricane Season. To expand on resource management, Jennifer Gray, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, explained the resource request process to obtain resources from State, Federal, and other jurisdictions if the County has exhausted of. its local resources. Christine Romans, Director of Central Services, highlighted the purchasing guidelines for County Departments and how the process is streamlined for emergencies.
Staff from Office of Emergency Management; Director J. Kevin Aftung, Teresa Chapman, and Melissa Serich conducted the second half of the workshop to discuss County critical facilities, prioritization of power restoration, generator capabilities, potable water, fueling, emergency communications, damage assessment, debris removal, and disaster recovery centers.
This is reprinted from a PRESS RELEASE from Anne Arundel County, Office of Emergency Management. Written by: Chrissy Calp, (410) 222-0605, (443) 679-8475 (cell).