O'Malley Declares State of Emergency in Maryland for Hurricane Sandy

The governor signed the order Friday morning.


Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Friday morning signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for all Maryland counties in advance of Hurricane Sandy, the effects of which are expected to reach the state as early as Sunday.

"As Hurricane Sandy makes its way north, I urge all Maryland residents to prepare for extreme weather," O'Malley said in a statement. 

"I urge all Marylanders to review their family emergency plans, make sure their emergency supplies like batteries and water are fully stocked and to stay informed."

With the declaration comes the authority to activate the Maryland National Guard and "provide assistance to local emergency managers," according to the statement.

Click here for a copy of the executive order.  

FIFA October 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
During the GOP primary, Mitt Romney called federal disaster relief "immoral" for adding to the national debt. "But now that Hurricane Sandy is hitting the U.S. just before election season, Romney has reversed his earlier statements." "By contrast, the GOP-controlled House has proposed cutting FEMA's budget by $87 million in 2011 and by an additional $182 million in 2012. Efforts to fund disaster relief were opposed by tea party Republicans, who demanded cuts from other programs in exchange."
FIFA October 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Just the facts, no spin.
Joe October 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Cutting the amount is far different than your previous prevarication Fifi of "with FEMA that Romney wants to kill and disaster relief that Republicans want to kill".
Joe October 30, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Spin is what that prevarication was. Spin away like Sandra.
FIFA October 30, 2012 at 04:47 PM
You're right, cutting off the legs is "better" than killing it.
Concerned Citizen of Laurel October 31, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Noe Diaz, As for your comment "You're "city" has a staring role on the radio show Police Dispatch" is due to the fact that Laurel is being overun by people like YOU!
Concerned Citizen of Laurel October 31, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Would be if I had a name like yours!
Concerned Citizen of Laurel October 31, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Noe Diaz-Green Card?
JoeBob November 03, 2012 at 02:08 AM
So when yalls gunna quit arguin and help the peolpe that needs it
Chris W November 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM
We will always need disaster relief for the unexpected, however, this storm was neither unexpected nor was it without president. After severe flooding from Hurricanes in 1938 and 1954, the city of Providence RI built a hurricane barrier to prevent a recurrence of these events. They have experienced little flooding ever since. My point is, the state of Rhode Island took responsibility for the safety of its citizens and invested their own tax dollars in protective measures. As a result, they do not need FEMA to help them unless something unexpected happens. New York needs to do the same.
Joe November 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
We all remember when Bush said "Great job Brownie." We remember how the left went apoplectic and went on and on for months and now years about that line as some have shown here. Not a word about Biden Obama or Bloomberg saying the exact same thing while bodies are still being found, no electric or gasoline or food. People dumpster diving for sustenance. Thousands homeless and more displaced. Joe Biden says,FEMA is doing “one helluva of a job.” Biden said “I think FEMA is doing an incredible job,” Biden said. “So, this is working like it’s supposed to,” Bloomberg Turns Down Offer of FEMA Assistance for NYC http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/27/1151343/-Bloomberg-Turns-Down-Offer-of-FEMA-Assistance-for-NYC This is Obama's very own "Mission Accomplished" affair. And some here had the gall to declare this event "over".
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT November 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Where are the celebs commenting on this? Great talent Kanye West stated on national television "George Bush hates Black People." The response from the President's FEMA group is just as bad for Sandy as the FEMA response to Katrina? Yet President Obama back on the campaign trail, droppin the "g" in his words. So - what about it?
FIFA November 03, 2012 at 03:15 PM
How about we ask Chris Christie what the thinks about FEMA's response? “It’s been very good working with the President. He and his Administration have been coördinating with us. It’s been wonderful.” Maybe the tune will change later, but right now it probably was the final nail in the Romney coffin campaign. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2012/10/romney-has-a-christie-problem-and-a-fema-problem.html#ixzz2BAm5h9mO
Steve November 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM
A clear case of ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome). It makes JoeBlob delusional.
Steve November 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
...and to think, Chris Christie was Mitt the Mexican's first pick as VP. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83254.html?hp=t1
HarfordLassie November 03, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Seems like FEMA is working pretty well https://www.facebook.com/tristateweather?fref=ts
Steve November 03, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Look at the difference. President Obama's Director of FEMA started out as an EMT and worked his way up through Emergency Services http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/us/the-man-behind-femas-post-katrina-makeover.html Bush's Director, Michael "Can I Quit Now?" Brown was a Show Horse Judge. http://articles.cnn.com/2005-11-03/us/brown.fema.emails_1_international-arabian-horse-association-marty-bahamonde-e-mails?_s=PM:US
TJ November 03, 2012 at 08:39 PM
What are you doing patting Obama on the back for what he is supposed to do? Relief services should be done by the states, not the federal government. That would save millions from the federal BS.
MaryJane November 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Smartmeters are Microwaves! Much experimental evidence of non-thermal influences of microwave radiation on living systems has been published in the scientific literature during the last 30 years – relating both to in vitro and in vivo studies – and were reviewed just recently by the STOA commission of the European Parliament (STOA 2001). From the use of microwave wireless technologies e.g. the following non-thermal biological effects have been reported: !" Changes in the electrical activity in the human brain, !" Increase in DNA single and double strand breaks from HF exposure to 2.45 GHz, !" Increased lymphoma rates (2 fold) in transgenic mice exposed twice a day exposed to 30 minutes of cell phone (GSM) signals over 18 month, !" Increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier in rats, !" Observation of an increase in resting blood pressure during exposure, !" Increased permeability of the erythrocyte membrane, !" Effects on brain electrochemistry (calcium efflux), !" Increase of chromosome aberrations and micronuclei in human blood lymphocytes, !" Synergistic effects with cancer promoting and certain psychoactive drugs, !" Depression of chicken immune systems, !" Increase in chicken embryo mortality, !" Effects on brain dopamine/opiate electrochemistry, !" Increases in DNA single and double strand breaks in rat brain, !" Stressful effects in healthy and tumor bearing mice, !" Neurogenetic effects and micronuclei formation in peritoneal macrophage.
JD1 November 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
So do cell phones
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
yes indeed.
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Except cellphones are not like Smartmeters- emitting 24 hours a day 7 days a week radiofrequency microwave radiation full body exposure , more or less depending on where it is placed on your home.
Buck Harmon November 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Sounds like an effort to control population growth in the long run MaryJane...
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I have considered this concept Buck... :) Perhaps a way to manipulate the DNA pool
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 01:44 PM
It would almost be the perfect Darwin move as some would have Smartmeters and some would not..... those opting out I assume would be more thoughtful.... more protective of their offspring and future generaions This works with the cellphone issue but with Smartmeters, the health issue impacts even those who opt opt. In places like apartment complexes it effects folks who did not make the decision either way. Families who live on the end of townhouses get all the meters along their bedroom wall but it was not for lack of education.... If you live in the basement with a wall of Smartmeters facing your bedroom it is simply because of the location of your home, not your thoughtfulness or increased reasoning.. yikes...
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
directions on how to opt out here http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/opt-out-news/option-to-defer-smart-meters/ Fyi, the psc sent me a letter back when i opted out that there were no studies done on Smartmeters health impacts except a small short term utlity funded company study and that there were no plans for more research. sigh... Surely public health is more important than this! a Class 2 b carcinogen on your wall. only because research is in its infancy! more is on its way.. i imagine if the IARC had come out with its opinion before they started manufacting these devices the companies would have stopped but in 2011 they were in deep. They will defend it to no end now. Just as they have for EMFs from high voltage lines. Want to read some depressing stuff read about that!
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
So it will disproportionally effect lower income people. as usual.
MaryJane November 06, 2012 at 01:55 PM
http://www.childhoodcancer2012.org.uk/slides/session7.3-henshaw.pdf Childhood Cancer 2012 Conference presentation on EMF and Childhood Cancer. So depressing.
Buck Harmon November 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
You should capture these thoughts and publish a short read MaryJane...in the interest of public education at a crucial time..
MaryJane November 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Spread the word. Education is our only defense. The brain shows changes with the absorption of this radiation. Not much more is needed to convince me to take precautions.


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