01.01.2013.06

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2013.06

Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (Rescinds Executive Order 01.01.1991.02)

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Responsibilities

A. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the agency of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery. In carrying out these responsibilities, MEMA shall:

(1) Develop and coordinate preparedness policy through the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Program (MEPP);

(2) Report periodically to the Governor and the Governorís Office of Homeland Security the status of the MEPP and progress in all mission areas;

(3) Coordinate activities and operations between State agencies and political subdivisions;

(4) Coordinate activities and operations with related agencies of the federal government and other states;

(5) Coordinate activities and operations with private and nonprofit agencies;

(6) Review and update the MEPP bi-annually;

(7) Ensure each State agency understands its roles and responsibilities, as identified in the MEPP; and

(8) Develop a leadership group for its mission areas, consistent with the operational concept of coordination for the respective mission areas, and facilitate regular meetings of the leadership group.

Maryland State Police Responsibilities

B. The Maryland State Police (MSP) is the agency of State government with primary responsibility and authority for prevention and protection from criminal activity and terrorist attacks. In carrying out its responsibilities, MSP shall:

(1) Prepare to conduct prevention and protection operations;

(2) Execute prevention and protection operations;

(3) Coordinate prevention and protection preparedness and operations between State agencies and political subdivisions;

(4) Coordinate prevention and protection preparedness and operations with related agencies of the federal government and other states;

(5) Coordinate with private and non-profit agencies involved in prevention and protection preparedness and operations;

(6) Ensure each State agency understands its roles and responsibilities, as identified in the MEPP; and

(7) Develop a leadership group for its mission area, consistent with the operational concept of coordination for its mission area, and facilitate regular meetings of the leadership group.

State Agency Responsibilities

C. Each State agency shall:

(1) Have primary or support responsibility within the MEPP, as assigned by MEMA;

(2) Prepare to execute tasks as specified in the MEPP;

(3) Assign a primary or alternate Emergency Services Coordinator (ESC) to carry out responsibility assigned within the MEPP;

(4) Authorize its ESC, or alternate, to act on behalf of the agency in matters relating to prevention/protection, hazard mitigation, incident response, and/or disaster recovery preparedness and operations, including serving on respective mission area leadership groups;

(5) Maintain procedures necessary to assure contact between the ESC and the State agency during prevention/protection, hazard mitigation, incident response, and/or disaster recovery operations;

(6) Develop and maintain documents necessary to support the MEPP, as requested by MEMA and/or MSP, including, at a minimum, Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) that are updated bi-annually;

(7) Participate in exercises of the various components of the MEPP;

(8) Conduct and participate in the trainings essential to the implementation of its assigned responsibilities in the MEPP;

(9) Ensure that its statewide emergency notification data is current;

(10) Provide personnel to staff Disaster Recovery Centers and to assist in the processing of applications for disaster recovery assistance;

(11) Review responsibilities under the MEPP annually, identify those parts that require an update, and notify MEMA of necessary changes; and

(12) Provide personnel to staff the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

D. All State agencies shall cooperate fully in carrying out the provisions of this Executive Order.

E. All local jurisdictions should make their best efforts to align homeland security and emergency management preparedness activities with the MEPP. MEMA will develop and promulgate common standards and policies applicable to local jurisdictions which clearly delineate how local jurisdictions should align with the MEPP, including checklists for local jurisdictions to use in determining their compliance.

Effective date: October 29, 2013