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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2001
Locked away in a basement hallway of the George Howard Building, Howard County's Emergency Operations Center looks more like an abandoned computer lab than the brains of county emergency services. Most days, the Acer computers sit idle, the dozens of phones collect dust and the room is as quiet as a library. But when a county emergency occurs - from an ice storm to a terrorist attack - dozens of police, fire and government officials flock to the Ellicott City center to coordinate emergency relief efforts.
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BY ALLAN VOUGHT and BRYNA ZUMERavought@theaegis.com bzumer@theaegis.com | April 30, 2014
Harford County emergency officials began bracing for potential flooding Tuesday afternoon, with between 3 to 5 inches of additional rain forecast to fall on the county in the ensuing 24 to 48 hours. Representatives from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency went to the north county area Tuesday afternoon to ask some residents along Little Deer Creek to consider leaving their homes because an earthen dam was in potential danger of being breached.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | June 3, 2007
Scott McNutt's first six months as a call-taker in the county emergency operations center have been busier than he could have imagined. The 21-year-old Bel Air resident has assisted in the births of two babies (both in the same week), consoled a man who had attempted suicide, and dispatched police and firefighters to emergencies ranging from fires and car accidents to water main breaks and gas leaks. None of that includes being injured in a fire last month in his other job. McNutt works from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., answering 911 calls at the EOC. By day, he switches roles and responds to calls as a volunteer firefighter for the Bel Air company.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
With yet another storm dropping snow across the region, schools, government offices and a number of workplaces in Anne Arundel County were shut down on Monday. As with past storms, officials urged people to stay home if possible, to allow plow crews time and space to clear roads. "The emergency operations center is on full activation and we are focused on snow removal," Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman said Monday. "I have been out on the roads and they are not great.
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September 11, 1995
FIRE* Hampstead: Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and Arcadia, Boring and Glyndon of Baltimore County were dispatched to a fire at a seafood carryout business in the 4500 block of Lower Beckleysville Road at 3:15 p.m. Friday. A second alarm was called by the dispatcher at the Emergency Operations Center because of a water problem in Hampstead, but all equipment except an engine from Hampstead returned to service with in five minutes. Hampstead was out for 16 minutes.* Manchester: Manchester responded to a field fire on Hanover Pike at 12:49 p.m. Friday.
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July 8, 2013
On June 23, members of the Jarrettsville Jets 4-H Club were given a tour of the Emergency Operations Center in Hickory. Members were shown how the 911 calls flow into the center, how emergency services are dispatched and were given examples of how youth should react in emergency situations. The tour was part of a quarterly educational commitment through 4-H along with fun events and community service activities in which members are involved.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 18, 2004
County Executive James M. Harkins honored three workers at the Harford County Emergency Operations Center last week for their contributions to public safety. Michael Brunicke and Chris Hofmeister were given the Frank Heiser Award, which was presented to the 911 fire dispatchers for their outstanding service during the past year. Maria Joseph was honored as the Harford County Sheriff's Office Dispatcher of the Year. The awards were announced Thursday morning during a ceremony at the center.
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By Hanah Cho and Ellie Baublitz and Hanah Cho and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2004
A new home for Carroll County's emergency operations center has not been found after concerns over tight space and limited security prompted calls for its relocation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In 2002, the previous Board of County Commissioners approved $2.6 million to move the operations center from the County Office Building to its former home on Route 32. But the plan never moved forward. Today, there is $4.8 million designated for the relocation, including additional funding received in the 2004 fiscal year and a proposed $557,000 allocation in the 2005 fiscal year capital improvement budget, said county budget director Ted Zaleski.
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By Hanah Cho and Ellie Baublitz and Hanah Cho and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2004
A new home for Carroll County's emergency operations center has not been found after concerns over tight space and limited security prompted calls for its relocation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In 2002, the previous board of county commissioners approved $2.6 million to move the operations center from the County Office Building to its former home on Route 32. But the plan never moved forward. Today, there is $4.8 million designated for the relocation, including additional funding received in the 2004 fiscal year and a proposed $557,000 allocation in the 2005 fiscal year capital improvement budget, said county budget director Ted Zaleski.
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February 19, 2010
Harford County has won a $750,000 federal grant to improve emergency communications. Officials said the funding, announced Thursday at the county's Emergency Operations Center, would pay for upgrades to communications used by first responders, including several hundred volunteer firefighters. They said the technology would help police, fire and emergency medical services workers share videos, images and data securely. "This technology will allow our volunteer fire departments to communicate better with our own county agencies, like public works," said Rich Gardner, spokesman for the volunteer fire departments.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
As snow began to fall on Tuesday, much of Anne Arundel County closed down to cope with the storm. As the storm intensified at midday, official posted wind warnings for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and cautioned that white-out conditions are expected at the bridge. In the event of white-out conditions, the Maryland Transportation Authority said it may periodically hold traffic. Drivers were cautioned to stay off the roads as much as possible. A winter storm warning is in effect for Anne Arundel County and much of the region until 11 p.m. Tuesday, with the National Weather Service calling for 6 to 10 inches of snow.  A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 7, 2014
Harford County officials warned residents of hypothermia and other dangers in light of record-setting cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday, and there was more concern about the abnormally cold temperatures overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The county was hit by bitter cold that started Monday night, with temperatures plummeting into the low single digits and the wind chill making it feel as cold as 15 degrees below zero overnight. Temperatures were reported as low as 1 degree or zero overnight Monday, and though it was sunny throughout the day Tuesday, high temperatures barely reached above 10 degrees in and around Bel Air. The impending cold forced Harford County Public Schools to cancel all classes Tuesday.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 16, 2013
Icy conditions and crashes were reported on several Harford County roads overnight Sunday, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services said. The State Highway Administration encountered icy conditions on several roads it maintains in Harford. County government and Harford County Public opened at their normal times Monday morning and roads were largely clear of ice in time for the morning rush Monday, emergency services spokesman Bob Thomas said. "Spotty patches of ice but for the most part traffic is moving at the posted speed limits," Thomas said at about 10:15 a.m. "The Emergency Operations Center was not activated over the weekend for Saturday's snow event.  [The Department of Emergency Services is]
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July 8, 2013
On June 23, members of the Jarrettsville Jets 4-H Club were given a tour of the Emergency Operations Center in Hickory. Members were shown how the 911 calls flow into the center, how emergency services are dispatched and were given examples of how youth should react in emergency situations. The tour was part of a quarterly educational commitment through 4-H along with fun events and community service activities in which members are involved.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 7, 2013
Harford County emergency officials are warning residents to watch out for potential flooding and dangerous driving conditions because of the heavy rains falling Friday from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea. A robocall was sent to court residents shortly after 11 a.m. Friday telling them to be wary of standing water in roadways and not to drive through it, but to turn around and go back instead. The county has been placed under a flash flood watch by the National Weather Service until 10 p.m. Friday, county Emergency Operations Manager Rick Ayers said in the call.
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AEGIS AND BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP | October 29, 2012
All of Harford County was virtually shut down Monday, as residents braced for the worst of the powerful Hurricane Sandy, which was ever closer to making landfall on the coast between Maryland and New Jersey. Heavy rain pelted the county overnight Sunday and throughout the day Monday. Increasing sustained wind were also evident in advance of the storm, whose worse impacts are expected from Monday evening through Tuesday, according to the most recent National Weather Service forecasts.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 18, 2010
Harford County has won a $750,000 federal grant to improve emergency communications. Officials said the funding, announced Thursday at the county's Emergency Operations Center, would pay for upgrades to communications used by first responders, including several hundred volunteer firefighters. They said the technology would help police, fire and emergency medical services workers to share videos, images and data securely. "This technology will allow our volunteer fire departments to communicate better with our own county agencies, like public works," said Rich Gardner, spokesman for the volunteer fire departments.
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July 2, 2006
Anne Arundel Returning to normal after heavy rains As heavy rains spawned major flooding throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, Anne Arundel County activated its emergency operations center and braced for the worst. The storms, which began Sunday night and continued into early Wednesday morning, left thousands without power, mostly due to trees falling on power lines. Officials reported numerous water rescues involving vehicles starting Sunday - one a near-drowning. Police and fire officials went door to door and reached hundreds of residents in the Brock Bridge area and made reverse 911 calls urging residents to voluntarily evacuate.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2012
Speaking from the city's Emergency Operations Center, which went into operation at 7 a.m. Sunday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged residents to get ready now for Hurricane Sandy. The monster storm is expected to barrel into Maryland early Monday morning, with gale force winds arriving later Sunday. "Prepare your property. Clear all storm drains. Check on your elderly relatives and neighbors and make sure that they are prepared," Rawlings-Blake said. "This is absolutely important.
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BY BRYNA ZUMER | May 17, 2012
Members of the Harford County Council agreed Tuesday to hold funding for a large portion of the planned Emergency Operations Center replacement in next year's capital budget. The plan to replace the building near Routes 1 and 543 in the Hickory area is expected to cost more than $40 million, according to current county budget estimates. "My biggest concern is the necessity of moving forward at this time when I share a little bit more concern with our debt service issues than the county executive does," County Council President Billy Boniface said.
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