Maryland Emergency Closings laws & HR compliance analysis

Maryland Emergency Closings: What you need to know

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) coordinates emergency planning and response in the state and maintains a comprehensive disaster preparedness website at
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Local contacts. Phone numbers for county emergency centers are available at
MEMA has a preparedness information center online at MEMA may be contacted by phone at 877-636-2872.
MEMA now offers a free service from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), called Updates During Disasters. Go to to sign up.
Maryland has updated its Emergency Alert System, which now allows local governments to initiate local alerts and warnings via local media for specific geographical areas, such as Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., metro area. MEMA also coordinates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for weather-related warnings.
Private employers. Maryland has no specific regulation requiring private employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of schools and residential healthcare facilities.
State buildings. The state fire marshal's office develops quarterly fire drill and evacuation procedures for state buildings. These procedures are available to all state employees on request (MD Fire Code Sec. 6-304(d)).
Emergency evacuation routes. The Maryland Department of Transportation maintains a comprehensive Emergency Travel Information website at http://www.mdot.maryland.govwith information on bridges, tunnels, highways, and public transit, as well as weather advisories.
Routes from District of Columbia. The District has specific evacuation information available online at

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