01.01.2018.08

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2018.08

Active-Assailant Incident Preparedness and Coordination

A. Executive Branch units subject to the supervision and direction of the Governor (“Executive agencies”), and persons who deal with or are under the jurisdiction of those units, shall systematically identify, assess, prepare for, prevent, protect from, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the risk and impacts of active-assailant incidents.

B. Each Executive agency shall participate in a coordinated active-assailant initiative and share threat information between and among all sectors.

C. Each Executive agency shall develop, review, or update internal plans, policies, and procedures related to active-assailant incidents.

D. Each Executive agency, and persons who deal with or are under the jurisdiction of each agency, shall develop, plan, and collaborate for active-assailant training relevant to each agency’s respective area of responsibility, involving public and nongovernmental participants when appropriate and feasible.

E. Using a “whole community” approach, Executive-agency public-safety officials shall conduct annual assessments to determine the need for mitigation, planning, and training appropriate for their agency’s jurisdiction.

F. Maryland’s public educational institutions shall be encouraged to share and coordinate their emergency plans with Executive-agency law enforcement, emergency management officials, and emergency responders.

G. Maryland’s private and nonpublic educational institutions shall be encouraged to share and coordinate their emergency plans with Executive-agency law enforcement, emergency management officials, and emergency responders.

H. The Maryland State Police shall seek to maintain its position as co-chair and member of the Maryland Active Assailant Interdisciplinary Work Group and use that role to promote the purposes and objectives of this Executive Order.

I. The following Executive agencies shall seek to obtain or maintain membership in the Maryland Active Assailant Interdisciplinary Work Group and use that role to promote the purposes and objectives of this Executive Order:

1. Governor’s Office of Homeland Security;

2. Maryland Department of Health;

3. Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention of Maryland;

4. Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and Training Commission; and

5. Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

J. The Maryland Active Assailant Interdisciplinary Work Group shall be encouraged to:

1. Update the State’s existing “Guidance to First Responders for the Active Assailant Incident” (the “Active-Assailant Guidance”), issued October 2, 2014, to incorporate protocols for prevention, protection, information-sharing, community preparedness, outreach, and education;

2. Continue to monitor best practices and revise the Active-Assailant Guidance as needed to ensure Maryland remains prepared and resilient;

3. Include in its membership subject matter experts from State and federal departments and agencies including, but not limited to:

i. Maryland Center for School Safety;

ii. Maryland State Department of Education;

iii. Maryland Higher Education Commission;

iv. U.S. Department of Homeland Security;

v. U.S. Secret Service; and

vi. U.S. Department of Defense; and

4. Meet at least quarterly to identify, update, and share best practices and current activities, and maintain the Active-Assailant Guidance.

K. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency shall provide leadership, policy oversight, support, and assistance to Executive agencies and other applicable persons in their efforts to comply with this Executive Order.

Effective date: February 28, 2018