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Gov. O'Malley declares emergency in Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency because of the predicted monstrous snowfall, a designation allowing him to activate the Maryland National Guard, suspend state law if necessary, and prepare for another bid for federal financial relief if cleanup efforts overwhelm local and state budgets.

O'Malley is scheduled to make the announcement shortly in Hanover, at a state emergency operations center.

Maryland National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Kohler said 200 soldiers have been identified who could be called up for emergency relief operations, and full-time staff have already placed Humvees and other equipment in strategic locations around the state.

It is the second time in seven weeks that O'Malley has declared a state of emergency. During the snow storm on Dec. 18 and 19, National Guard troops deployed 5-ton vehicles to each state police barracks and helped local governments transport officers and medical patients.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 5, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor  
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Comments

I applaud Governor O'Malley for making this statement. Does anyone know where Jack Johnson is located during these times? We have seen many local leaders on the frontline. Our county executive has been been out of the media's site. That's not good- Jack.

Prince Georgians let's pay careful attention to how the Federal Funds will be disbursed. Remember YOUR street that has not been plowed, remember how Prince Georges County had its state dollars reduced while all the other jurisdictions had an increase. It is most important that you watch and vote accordingly. Your apathy will get you more of the same results. Not saying anything will perpetuate the negative treatment. Let's not let this one slip past us. Let's vote intelligently at the next election. Power to the people. It is time to rise.

Posted by: pgcitizen00 | February 10, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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