For immediate release:
November 24, 2015

Contact:
Erin Montgomery erin.montgomery@maryland.gov
Shareese Churchill shareese.churchill@maryland.gov
410-974-2316

Governor Hogan, Maryland Officials Participate in Emergency Preparedness Exercise Ahead of Winter Season

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today hosted an exercise for top administration officials at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown. The discussion and drill, which focused on a blizzard scenario, boosted state agencies’ ability to collaborate on a variety of issues that can arise during winter storms and related emergencies.

“Maryland is susceptible to a wide range of natural hazards, including winter storms, hurricanes, and flooding,” said Governor Hogan. “I have directed my administration to work together before the first snowstorm this season to ensure that state government can effectively respond to a storm or any emergency this winter.”

Over twenty-five leaders from state agencies and offices participated in today’s event. This exercise is the first in a series of drills directed by the Hogan administration related to emergency management, disaster preparedness, and homeland security.

“It is essential that the state be able to support local jurisdictions’ response to any incident, including severe winter storms,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s Executive Director Russell Strickland. “This series of drills will raise our ability to be agile in the face of any emergency and ensure resident safety.”

For additional information on emergency management in Maryland and winter safety tips, residents can visit mema.maryland.gov