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Maryland Call to Action: Relief & Recovery

  • Maryland National Guard Troops heading to the Virgin IslandsGovernor Larry Hogan announced he has directed 100 soldiers from the Maryland National Guard to deploy to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, at the request of Governor Kenneth Mapp. Soldiers from the 200th Military Police Company from Catonsville will be deployed for potentially 30 days to assist with local law enforcement and guarding critical infrastructure as the island works to rebuild from the widespread devastation caused by the hurricane in early September.
  • National Guard TroopsThe Governor has authorized the deployment of a 26-member detachment of the Maryland National Guard’s 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, which will deploy for potentially 60 days to conduct water purification with two tactical systems that can each purify 1,200 gallons of water per hour. Fresh water has been in critically short supply in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20th. Putting their equipment to use, the National Guard members will be assigned with converting hazardous water into water that is safe for drinking, cooking, and hygiene. If you want to help the people of Puerto Rico you can contribute here.
  • Maryland Task Force 1

  • Maryland Task Force 1, based out of Montgomery County, conducted search and rescue operations in Puerto Rico.
  • Civil Air Patrol

  • A crew from the Maryland wing of the Civil Air Patrol conducts aerial photography in order to assist in getting critical information to those leading recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
  • Incident Management Team (IMT)

  • The state of Maryland coordinated personnel and resources from around the state to participate in emergency response, relief, and recovery missions in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
  • Twenty-two members of the Maryland Incident Management Team (IMT) managed four separate base camps in Florida that house and feed responding personnel. The assisting IMT members are from Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington Counties, the City of Baltimore, and the Town of Ocean City.
  • The Maryland Department of Human Services sent staff to support disaster sheltering in the Houston, Texas area. The human service workers provided shelter set up, logistical support, and disaster shelter management services.
  • Howard County Recreation and Parks sent a debris clearing and removal team to Southern Florida in order to assist the opening of roadways.
  • The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) coordinated the deployment of a critical incident stress management (CISM) team. The CISM team, who are from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, supported shelter workers and first responders in southwest Florida and the Florida Keys.
  • An emergency manager from the Howard County Office of Emergency Management conducted volunteer and donations management assistance in the Florida State Emergency Operations Center.
  • The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) supported the Florida Department of Emergency Management’s energy infrastructure fuels support team. MEA organized fuel delivery to gas stations, fueling depots, emergency generators, and critical infrastructure.
  • Governor Larry Hogan and the administration’s senior leadership consistently communicated and reached out to their counterparts in areas impacted by recent hurricanes.
  • The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) activated and staffed an Emergency Management Assistance Compact team to work with the emergency management agencies in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The team works every day to ensure that Maryland can submit offers of resources requested by affected states and territories.
  • The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season began in June and runs through the end of November. MEMA readied the state for hurricane preparedness; it is an agency that is activated 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year in order to ensure the preparedness and resiliency of people, businesses, communities, and infrastructure throughout the state.