Maryland releases 2014-2015 emergency response training plan

The State of Maryland said on Jan. 17 that the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program is expected to ensure consistent emergency planning policy information.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency will coordinate emergency operations training to improve the state's response ability. The state recently conducted six regional and one state-level Training and Exercise Planning Workshop, and has produced a Multiyear Training and Exercise Plan.

The MEMA Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan is a guideline for the state to accomplish training and exercise priorities, which are crucial to attaining, practicing, validating and improving capabilities. The main goal of the plan is to institutionalize training and preparedness in order to ensure all response agencies are fully equipped to respond at any level.

Elements outlined for improvement in the plan include hazardous material response, biosurveillance, cyber security, closed-circuit television, mass casualty and hospital surge, transportation security and personal protective equipment for first responders.

MEMA produces the training and exercise priorities in partnership with local, state, federal and private agencies. The agenda described in the MEPP will be tracked and reported for state agencies, in addition to county agencies that receive homeland security funding from the state.

MEMA said it hopes the plan will help Maryland be better prepared for emergencies, including natural, man-made and technological hazards.