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Agency based in Reisterstown on guard for all types of emergencies in state

Agency based in Reisterstown on guard for all types of emergencies in state

On a mild winter afternoon, the State Emergency Operations Center at MEMA, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, is super quiet. The only signs of activity in the large room, which functions as the nerve center for the state's emergency preparedness activities, are images of traffic and weather feeds on a huge bank of 36 videos monitors that take up an entire wall.

During a statewide emergency, such as a blizzard or terrorist attack, the center would be staffed by nearly 100 experts from state, local, and federal agencies wearing color-coded reflective vests and sitting in front of 150 computer monitors. The room, which is a bit like NASA's Mission Control Center, hums with...

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