Governor Larry Hogan Mobilizes State Resources To Support Baltimore City Law Enforcement Response
The National Guard, State Police Among State Agencies With Deployed Resources (Update, 4:00 p.m.)
REISTERSTOWN, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland officials continue to coordinate the state’s response to civil unrest in Baltimore City. Maryland agencies are working together at the State Emergency Operations Center, which has been fully activated at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency since this past weekend’s demonstrations, in order to provide support to Baltimore City and manage state actions.
The following is a list of assets that have been provided, and information related to the response:
- National Guardsmen: 3,000 soldiers and airmen authorized using more than 150 vehicles;
- Maryland State Police: 578 State Troopers and other allied law enforcement officers;
- 283 law enforcement from Pennsylvania and 149 from New Jersey;
- The Maryland Food Bank made deliveries to food pantries in the following areas: Mondawmin, Druid Hill, Pimlico, Forest Park, Union Square, Howard Park, and Irvington. An estimated 1500-2500 cases of food (approximately 31,500 – 52,500 pounds) of primarily frozen chicken, canned goods, and water have been delivered. If more food is needed, approximately 30 pantry programs will get food shipments from the Food Bank over the weekend;
- Department of Informational Technology is providing situational awareness mapping;
- Department of General Services has deployed Capitol Police to secure state buildings in Baltimore;
- The Maryland Insurance Administration has sent a notice to carriers asking them to expedite claims without requiring police reports. In addition, an emergency regulation is being activated so that people who get their prescriptions from a city pharmacy may get refills without facing time restrictions;
- The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) is currently reviewing properties in the city that received grants or loans through our various programs. MDP will also offer some staff support for any community planning meetings and offer to assist with some of the city’s more technical needs such as mapping vacant lots for participation in the Vacants to Value grant program;
- The Maryland Transit Administration is providing logistical support to first responders throughout the city;
- At the request of the City, the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) has an employee at Martin State Airport each night this week to provide fueling services to support the Baltimore City Police helicopter unit;
- Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives organized 2,600 volunteers who volunteered for clean-up this morning on Pennsylvania Avenue. A social media campaign was led by the Governor’s Office of Service & Volunteerism;
- Governor Hogan launched a new Web page, “Maryland Unites,” as a way to provide information and encourage the public to lend a helping hand to the Baltimore community in the aftermath of rioting and looting. To date, 799 volunteers have signed up. Click here: www.marylandunites.org;
- The Maryland Department of Environment has offered assistance to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works in the event they need extended hours at their solid waste acceptance facilities to process all solid waste;
- 20,000 meals and 1,000 bottles of water, which will be provided to law enforcement and first responders;
- Due to the closure of the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) offices on Tuesday, many food stamp and cash assistance recipients were unable to come in and recertify their eligibility for benefits. To ensure that no one goes hungry, DHR is extending their benefits by one month; and,
- The city has an ongoing 9 p.m. curfew for juveniles and a 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. curfew has been instituted for all citizens.
Twelve emergency support functions have been activated at the State Emergency Operations Center at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in order to support the response and provide these assets, including: the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, which provides situational awareness and intelligence; the Maryland Department of Human Resources, which is the state lead for social services and humanitarian aid; the Maryland Department of General Services, which coordinates logistical support; the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems; the Maryland Department of the Environment; the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates and monitors utility companies and associated infrastructure; the Maryland State Police; the Maryland Department of Agriculture; the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; the Maryland Department of Transportation, which provides transportation assets; and the Maryland Military Department, which houses the National Guard.