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Planning in Progress
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is currently updating the State of Maryland’s Hazard Mitigation Plan as the current plan expires on August 26, 2021.
As stated on MEMA’s website: “Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from hazard events. MEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Branch collaborates with governmental and non-governmental partners before, during, and after disaster events to identify, craft, and implement comprehensive hazard mitigation strategies.”
Planning Assistance in Action
by Kristen E. Humphrey, Local Assistance and Training Planner
with Kyle Overly, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Directorate, MEMA
Typically, when we think of an organization like the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), we think of planning and coordinating the state’s preparedness and response to disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, terrorist attacks, and the resulting need for interim shelter, feeding, and medical treatment of those injured or displaced. However, MEMA is also the organization responsible for helping coordinate Maryland’s preparedness and response to other types of disasters, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading