In response to this public health emergency, the following measures are enacted:
A. The Governor will assign an individual in the Executive Branch to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency who will be designated to administer the Governor’s authority under the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Act and operationally address the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl overdose crisis (the “Crisis”), including:
(1) Directing the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and/or any other appropriate State agency or unit, including the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, the Interagency Heroin and Opioid Coordination Council, and the Opioid Operational Command Center, to assist, engage, deploy, and coordinate available resources to address the Crisis;
(2) Coordinating the preparation of plans, programs, and infrastructure for emergency management operations of the local political subdivisions of the State, employing their social service, law enforcement, and public health functions;
(3) Instituting public information and awareness programs;
(4) Authorizing the procurement of supplies and equipment necessary to control and eliminate the Crisis; and
(5) Taking other necessary steps to address this emergency.
B. This declaration shall be effective immediately, shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on March 31, 2017, unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me.