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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 25, 2013
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services will hold a public forum with Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers on Friday, Nov. 1. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of North Harford High School beginning at 7 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be a briefing by Emergency Manager Rick Ayers regarding preparations Harford County has made with respect to an emergency incident involving the nearby Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant....
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Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, recent scares at two Baltimore-area hospitals highlight the need for hospitals here and across the United States to prepare space and equipment for what some consider inevitable - the arrival of the deadly virus here. While experts say the chances of an epidemic spreading in the U.S. are low, there is a real possibility that someone could come down with Ebola after returning from a trip to Africa, they said. Hospitals routinely ask patients with flu-like symptoms whether they have visited that continent recently.
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By Brandi Bottalico, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Earl Johnson and his neighbors were more serious about emergency preparedness after they experienced a power outage and no running water at the same time a few years ago, he said. "We had elderly people who needed water," he said. "We went to the community association first but they weren't open yet, then we went to a church. " That experience inspired Johnson, now on the Office of Sustainability's Commission on Sustainability, and he taught Baltimore residents how to find and use their resources at a free event hosted by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability Tuesday.
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By Brandi Bottalico, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Earl Johnson and his neighbors were more serious about emergency preparedness after they experienced a power outage and no running water at the same time a few years ago, he said. "We had elderly people who needed water," he said. "We went to the community association first but they weren't open yet, then we went to a church. " That experience inspired Johnson, now on the Office of Sustainability's Commission on Sustainability, and he taught Baltimore residents how to find and use their resources at a free event hosted by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability Tuesday.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2004
Longtime Annapolis Fire Chief Edward P. Sherlock Jr. will leave the department for a newly created job coordinating emergency preparedness for the city. His new position - part of an enhanced homeland security team for the state's capital - is intended to make sure the city is prepared for crises involving hazardous materials, such as chemical explosions or bombs. He also will work with emergency readiness officials in the region, city officials said. "I've been getting involved more and more with emergency management," said Sherlock, who has served on anti-terrorism, explosives and fire prevention commissions and is a member of the governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council.
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By Vicki Kemper and Vicki Kemper,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 13, 2003
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's smallpox vaccination plan is too narrowly focused to adequately protect Americans from bioterrorism, and the vaccine itself is too risky to be made widely available to the public, a scientific advisory panel reported yesterday. "Smallpox is not the only threat to the nation's health, and vaccination is not the only tool for preparedness," said Dr. Brian L. Strom, chairman of the Institute of Medicine committee and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
President Barack Obama has named an Annapolis man to head the multibillion-dollar grant program through which the Federal Emergency Management Agency helps local governments prepare for disasters. Brian Kamoie, 41, will oversee a vast portfolio of federal grants used by states and cities to prevent and respond to terrorism and other disasters, the White House said. Kamoie was most recently senior director for preparedness policy on the White House national security staff. Kamoie takes control of the FEMA grant program as the Obama administration pursues a controversial consolidation of $2 billion in preparedness funding it says will streamline a system that grew unwieldy following the attacks of Sept.
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October 16, 2005
Howard County Executive James N. Robey has proclaimed this week as the county's first Community Readiness Week. The effort, planned in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is designed to heighten awareness of the importance of disaster preparedness for individuals and families. Community partners who are members of the network will sponsor activities focused on ways people can take responsibility for their own and their families' safety in a man-made or natural disaster in support of the county's overall preparedness.
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April 1, 2013
Servpro, a disaster recovery and cleanup franchise system, has signed on as a national sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies, according to owners of Servpro franchises in the Bel Air area. "This partnership just makes perfect sense," said Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of Servpro Industries Inc., "and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners in the Bel Air area.
NEWS
By Jim Turner | October 3, 2003
FIGHTING AND WINNING the war on terrorism will require strong and sustained efforts overseas and here at home. To prevent and respond to acts of terrorism against the homeland, our domestic forces -- police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel -- must be fully coordinated and informed of the threats we face, just like our troops around the world fighting al-Qaida. Unfortunately, the first reports from the frontlines of homeland security show we are not prepared and America remains at risk even though President Bush signed much-needed appropriations -- $29.4 billion -- for the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
The bitter cold is forecast to subside Friday, but with four recent weather-related deaths reported in the state, officials are urging Marylanders to remain prepared - and warning of high utility bills with nearly two months of winter to go. While highs around 40 degrees might feel balmy Friday, they are about the norm for this time of year. The repeated blasts of polar air that have covered the region in recent weeks have this month poised to rank as one of the 10 coldest Januarys on record here.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 7, 2013
"The Importance of Emergency Preparedness in Harford County and The Role of Public Officials (and the rest of us)" is the topic for discussion by the Main Street Democratic Club when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Bellissimo's restaurant in the second floor meeting room, 510 Marketplace Drive in Bel Air. The meeting is open to anyone who wants to attend. Christina Crue, who is the designated speaker, is senior preparedness specialist at Witt O'Brien. She has worked as a program manager for The Center for Health and Homeland Security.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 25, 2013
The Harford County Department of Emergency Services will hold a public forum with Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers on Friday, Nov. 1. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of North Harford High School beginning at 7 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be a briefing by Emergency Manager Rick Ayers regarding preparations Harford County has made with respect to an emergency incident involving the nearby Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant....
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Letter to The Aegis | September 10, 2013
Editor: September has been proclaimed by President Barack Obama as "National Preparedness Month". Our nation founded "National Preparedness Month" following the terrorist attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001. The purpose of "National Preparedness Month" is to help citizens and communities recognize the need to be adequately prepared for all types of emergencies. Emergencies, as history has shown, can happen any time and anywhere without notice. Households, businesses and organizations of all kinds should prepare in the event an emergency strikes our community.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
There's no cause for alarm - unless you're one of the volunteers pretending to be displaced by a major storm, that is. The Annapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management is hosting a citywide preparedness exercise on Tuesday. The exercise is focusing on short- and long-term recovery efforts in the event of a major storm, and emergency personnel and volunteers are at sites around the city as part of the drill. City officials and residents, including Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, members of City Council, department directors and volunteers, are involved in the drill.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
President Barack Obama has named an Annapolis man to head the multibillion-dollar grant program through which the Federal Emergency Management Agency helps local governments prepare for disasters. Brian Kamoie, 41, will oversee a vast portfolio of federal grants used by states and cities to prevent and respond to terrorism and other disasters, the White House said. Kamoie was most recently senior director for preparedness policy on the White House national security staff. Kamoie takes control of the FEMA grant program as the Obama administration pursues a controversial consolidation of $2 billion in preparedness funding it says will streamline a system that grew unwieldy following the attacks of Sept.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 12, 2006
No one knows whether an avian flu virus that is racing around the world might mutate into a strain that could cause a human pandemic, or whether such a pandemic would cause widespread illness in the United States. But if it did, public health experts and officials agree on one thing: The nation's hospitals would not have enough ventilators, the machines that pump oxygen into sick patients' lungs. Right now, there are 105,000 ventilators, and even during a regular flu season, about 100,000 are in use. In a worst-case human pandemic, according to the national preparedness plan issued by President Bush in November, the country would need as many as 742,500.
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April 1, 2013
Servpro, a disaster recovery and cleanup franchise system, has signed on as a national sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies, according to owners of Servpro franchises in the Bel Air area. "This partnership just makes perfect sense," said Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of Servpro Industries Inc., "and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners in the Bel Air area.
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