Governor Hogan Announces Statewide Recovery Efforts for Winter Storm Jonas
State Transitioning From Response to Recovery Mode, Governor Urges Marylanders to Remain Patient and Off Roads
ANNAPOLIS, MD – With Winter Storm Jonas still impacting all of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan continues to direct all state agencies in a coordinated effort to keep Marylanders safe and informed. Last week, the governor signed two Executive Orders, declaring a state of emergency in Maryland and allowing for extended deliveries of commodities related to winter weather relief, such as petroleum products, propane, food, water, medical supplies, generators, restoration of electricity, and snow and debris removal equipment. While the storm has passed and the state is transitioning from response to recovery mode, Governor Hogan is urging Marylanders to be patient and stay indoors while crews work to clear roads.
Statewide actions include the following:
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
- Continuing to coordinate State resources that remain positioned around Maryland.
- Working to appropriately handle resource requests from local jurisdictions.
- Preparing to assist in damage assessments, coordinate recovery efforts, and request federal assistance in order to expedite restoration of impacted communities.
Maryland State Police
- Since 3:00 PM Friday when the storm began, Maryland State Police have responded to more than 1,300 calls for service, including 187 accidents. MSP has assisted more than 600 motorists. Extra troopers remain on-duty today and continue to encourage people to stay off the road.
- Reassigning troopers from investigative units, specialized units and Aviation Command to road patrol duties at all 23 barracks.
- Ensuring all 4-wheel drive vehicles in MSP fleet are available/assigned for patrol duties.
- Assigning troopers to local emergency operation centers in each county to ensure prompt assistance to local authorities.
- Making truck weighing scale house locations available for commercial truck parking during the storm.
State Highway Administration
- After working diligently overnight, I-70 and I-270 re-opened shortly after 7:00 AM. It was a progressive opening as plows and plow trains opened as many lanes as possible.
- Encouraging citizens to completely clear cars of snow and ice and to make sure tailpipes are not clogged with snow.
- SHA and the Maryland Transportation Authority have all staff and contract forces responding with more than 3,000 pieces of equipment and 365,000 tons of salt.
Maryland National Guard
- There are more than 700 soldiers and personnel and 212 vehicles standing by across Maryland and responding to request from across the state.
- Prepared to assist local law enforcement with transportation and evacuation; distribution of supplies, road clearing and snow removal; search and rescue; security/law enforcement airspace coordination; aircraft support and patient evacuations; airspace coordination; and sheltering assistance.
Department of Human Resources
- The Maryland Unites hotline, 1-888-756-7836, is available for inquiries relating to Department of Human Resources services including emergency shelter information and other human service needs during the storm.
- Prepared to support mass care and sheltering throughout the state; coordinating through the State Shelter Task Force and the State Feeding Task Force, which include multiple state agencies, faith-based, and non-profit partners, to provide necessary resources for citizens.
- Two of the four state shelters are staffed and ready, but have zero occupancy. DHR has the following state shelters available:
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Coppin State University, Baltimore City
Health & Mental Hygiene
- Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Preparedness and Response will be monitoring developments and coordinating any needed emergency response.
- Providing assistance to residents to secure needed prescriptions; working with managed care organizations to help enrollees meet essential health appointments for services such as dialysis sessions.
- Partnering with Maryland counties’ health departments to safeguard the public health; links to Maryland’s local health departments can be found at http://goo.gl/ekhLNW.
- Via Preparedness and Response’s website, Marylanders can download cold weather tips at http://goo.gl/qNn8Xx, a home-care emergency preparedness guide at http://goo.gl/v9hfl8 and get updates at facebook.com/MarylandOPR.
Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives
- Coordinating donations and volunteers as they become available with partnering organizations.
- Along with the Department of Commerce and the Department of Human Resources, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives will receive and distribute donations and coordinate volunteers from the business, faith-based, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities to help those Maryland residents affected by the storm.
Maryland Transit Administration
- All services, including local and commuter buses, light rail, and Metro subway, are closed through the weekend.
Public Service Commission
- As of this morning, there are approximately 277 customers without power. Utility crews are working diligently to restore power.
- Both BGE and PEPCO utilities have presence at MEMA.
- BGE – 100 linemen and 250 tree personnel; 600 additional personnel arrive today from affiliate utilities (mostly from Illinois) and other utilities from out of state.
- PEPCO – 150 linemen, 200 tree personnel and 250 contractors available; will be supplemented by another 150 contractors and 135 mutual assistance personnel from South Carolina and New England.
- Delmarva – 225 linemen, 165 tree personnel and 120 contractors available.
- Potomac Edison – 100 linemen and 110 tree personnel available; has also brought in crews from Ohio that are amassing on Pennsylvania and West Virginia in case additional assistance is necessary.
- SMECO – 125 internal personnel being supplemented by another 90 linemen and 75 tree personnel.
BWI Marshall Airport
- Travelers should contact their airlines for updated flight status information for Sunday and beyond. The airlines may resume some limited operations on Sunday, dependent on local weather conditions and airline operational decisions.
Maryland Insurance Administration
- Working with insurance companies on the procedures they need to follow to activate temporary moratoriums based on the State of Emergency.
- Notifying health insurers on the requirement waive restrictions on renewal of refills on prescription medication.
Motor Vehicle Administration
- Authorized a temporary waiver of International Registration Plan requirements, which allows truckers to get their apportionable fees waived if they are carrying essential relief supplies or are restoring utilities in areas impacted by severe weather.
- All MVA offices and vehicle emissions inspection stations will remain closed throughout the weekend. If you are scheduled to have a vehicle emissions test done by January 27, 2016, you can apply for an initial extensionatwww.mva.maryland.gov/online-services/.
Port of Baltimore
- The Port of Baltimore will be closed on Sunday. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, scheduled to dock Sundaymorning and sail Sunday late afternoon, will now arrive on Monday morning.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
- The Metrorail system will remain closed all day Sunday.
- Bus service will remain suspended Sunday.
- MetroAccess service will remain suspended on Sunday.
Snowfall measurements by county, according to National Weather Service recording stations:
- Allegany – 35″
- Anne Arundel – 29.2″
- Baltimore – 30.1″
- Baltimore City – 25″
- Calvert – 14″
- Caroline – 10.7″
- Carroll – 31.8″
- Cecil – 19.5″
- Charles – 24.5″
- Dorchester – 13″
- Frederick – 32″
- Garrett – 38″
- Harford – 30″
- Howard – 27.7″
- Kent – 11″
- Montgomery – 36.5″
- Prince George’s – 23″
- Queen Anne’s – 15″
- Somerset – 8″
- St. Mary’s – 16″
- Talbot – 13″
- Washington – 36″
- Wicomico – 6″
- Worcester – 4.5″