What does a “State of Emergency” mean?
A state of emergency is declared in order to allow Maryland to coordinate and request emergency resources and support. A state of emergency allows the Governor to access certain resources, like the National Guard, in order to increase the State’s response.
Not all states of emergency are the same. Each state of emergency is different and can change depending on the severity of the event or emergency. Be sure to check with your local news and with MDEM for updated information related to states of emergency.
A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders, news stations, and weather forecasts in order to be informed of the situation.
FAQ's about a State of Emergency in Maryland
Will schools be closed?
States of Emergencies typically do not mandate school closures. It usually is the local school district’s decision to stay open or to close. However, this depends on the situation and the limitations set in each particular State of Emergency.
Will stores and businesses be open?
A state of emergency does not typically require employers to close.
Can I drive on the roads?
Most of the time, motorists are not prohibited from driving. However, this depends on the situation and the limitations set in each particular State of Emergency. Each State of Emergency is different. If a motorist must drive and cannot change their plans, they should drive carefully and use common sense. They also should do the following:
- Allow themselves extra time to get to their destinations.
- Let family or/and friends know the what roads they plan to take and expected arrival times.
- Contact family/friends after they arrive to their destinations.