Maryland lacks preparedness for a disaster

Emergency Management Alert, January 20, 2009

James Lee Witt Associates, a crisis-management and preparedness-service firm in Washington D.C. released an evaluation of Maryland’s disaster-preparedness program, as requested by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The 117-page report found that the state has no specific plans to handle a large-scale catastrophic event similar to Hurricane Katrina, according to the Associated Press. The firm also noted that state and local government had no specific plans to identify and locate elderly people with disabilities.

The authors did note that these findings are typical for states trying to upgrade their emergency systems. Although Maryland has many separate plans to deal with events, they don’t have any plans in place for a disaster that would overwhelm the state’s resources.

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