The State of Maryland has established four State Response Activation Levels, referred to as Status Levels, as noted in the table below. All levels provide for 24/7/365 monitoring of incidents throughout Maryland, maintaining a common operating picture, and supporting local jurisdictions and partners as needed. Each status level represents an increased need for situational awareness and coordination of State response activities and resources.
Full: Incident of such magnitude that it may require response and/or recovery efforts and significant resources. EOC is fully Staffed.
Partial: Incident or event requires significant monitoring or resources. Additional EOC staffing from agencies, functions, and supporting organizations.
Enhanced: Incident or event requires additional monitoring or resources. Core EOC Staff with potential augmentation from selected agencies, functions, and organizations.
Normal: Routine operation with no incident or event anticipated. State: 24/7 coordination and situational awareness through MJOC. Local: 24/7 coordination and situational awareness through local 911 centers.
Status Level Escalation Doctrine
The State Response Activation Levels change based on a variety of factors. The most influential factor is the occurrence of a significant incident. The term “significant incident” is used to describe a single or multi-jurisdictional incident that warrants State involvement. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Requests for response operations support from local jurisdictions;
- The displacement of a high number of people;
- A high number of casualties;
- Transportation network(s) affected;
- Extreme weather events;
- Large scale industrial accidents;
- Health related emergencies; and
- Terrorist attacks.