Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Florence
Executive Order Issued Ahead of Storm Making Projected Landfall on the U.S. East Coast
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 10, 2018)–Governor Larry Hogan today signedExecutive Order 01.01.2018.22
declaring a state of emergency beginning Monday, September 10, 2018 ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence. The
executive order will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local
jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.
“At this time, there is still some uncertainty about the track of this storm and its potential impact, but we are
preparing for any possible outcome, including the potential for historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening
flooding, and high winds,” said Governor Hogan. “Our state is taking every precaution, and I urge Marylanders to do the
same. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to state and local authorities, and most
importantly, use common sense.”
Weather forecasters have indicated that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic
flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions in our waterways. Current forecasts indicate that torrential
rains, tropical storm force winds, and and tidal flooding/storm surge could impact the state beginning as early as
The state’s Emergency Operations Center Response Level has been elevated and center is fully staffed with emergency
management personnel and state agency coordinating function representatives.
Thestate of emergency
allows the governor to access critical resources in order to increase the state’s response, like the Maryland National
Guard. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of theEmergency Management Assistance Compact
. This compact serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s mutual aid system and offers assistance and aid during states
of emergency through member states.
“A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders, news
stations, and weather forecasts in order to be informed of the situation,” said MEMA’s Executive Director, Russell
Strickland. “We encourage all residents and visitors to our State to visitwww.KnowYourZoneMD.com
to see if they are inside, or, if they are traveling to, a hurricane evacuation zone,” he added.
Governor Hogan has directed state agencies to stand ready to respond to the effects of this storm, including the
Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). For more information, residents can also go to MEMA’s website atmema.maryland.gov
, follow MEMA’s Twitter feed at@MDMEMA
, or follow MEMA’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/MDMEMA