Delivering and Maintaining Maryland’s Twelve Core Goals for Homeland Security Preparedness by 2016
Population Covered by Statewide Interoperable Radio
Hospital Emergency Department Visits Covered by ESSENCE
Traffic Management Video Feeds Available to First Responders
Federal Homeland Security Grants: Awarded Nationwide
Federal Homeland Security Grants: Awarded to Maryland
In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
Maryland's previous strategic policy goal for homeland security was to "Make Maryland the National Leader in Homeland Security Preparedness by End 2012." In 2012, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Trust for America's Health report ranked Maryland in the top category for states best prepared to respond to an emergency. However, Maryland's work is not done. The 12 core capacities for homeland security identified by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and StateStat include completed capabilities which must be sustained, as well major ongoing projects such as the construction of Maryland's first ever statewide interoperable radio system.
Recognizing the sensitive nature of homeland security and the limited availability of state-to-state comparisons, the Governor’s Delivery Unit and Office on Homeland Security have identified 12 core capacities that, when met, would constitute significant progress on improving the safety and security of Marylanders. Detailed progress on the twelve core goals of homeland security in Maryland may be found through the links below. As new threats have emerged, such as cyber security, Maryland has added important new objectives under the 12 core capacities.
- Interoperable Communications
- Intelligence/Information Sharing
- HAZMAT/Explosive Device Response
- Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders
- Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Training & Exercises
- Closed Circuit Television
- Mass Casualty/Hospital Surge
- Backup Power and Communications
- Transportation Security
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- Completed the first two Phases of MD FiRST, a statewide 700 MHz public safety radio communications system. The first completed phase covers an area of Central Maryland that includes two-thirds of the State’s critical infrastructure, including the Bay Bridge, BWI-Thurgood Marshal Airport, and the Fort McHenry and Baltimore Harbor Tunnels. The second phase includes the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
- Deployed more than 408 License Plate Readers (LPRs) throughout the State to provide law enforcement agencies with valuable information relating to criminal and terrorist investigations.
- Increased the number of live traffic management and public safety Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras available to first responders from 266 in 2009 to more than 1,570 in 2014.
- Every region in Maryland now has access to a Type 1 bomb squad whose members are trained at the FBI’s national training center.
- Purchased and provided all officers in the five largest State law enforcement agencies with a single, standardized personal preventative equipment (PPE) package.
- Maryland is among the first states in the nation to connect all acute care hospitals to a public health biosurveillance system. DHMH’s Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) now includes data from pharmacies, poison control centers, and schools.
- Developed an annual Cabinet-level exercise rotation to ensure that responses to common natural hazards and homeland security threats are exercised at the highest levels at least once per year.
- Created the State’s first Mass Care Shelter Plan and now have ten mass care shelters available for use in extreme emergencies.
- Received a near-perfect score for the sixth year in a row since 2008 on the U.S. Coast Guard’s assessment of security at the Port of Baltimore’s MPA terminals.
- Maryland was one of only thirteen states to have met the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005 for driver's licenses and identification cards.
How Can I Get Involved?
- All of our data are publicly available. Feel free to explore the maps and data on this page, as well as the rest of the Governor's Delivery Unit website. Leave comments in any data set using the "Discuss" feature.
DHS Homeland Security Grant Funding for Maryland
Each year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security makes multiple homeland security grant programs available to states cities. The two largest grant programs that DHS funds are the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). The SHSGP is a block grant provided to each state receives; the amount is determined by population, risk, and other factors. The UASI is available to the largest metropolitan areas in the nation and is also determined by population and risk.
In Maryland, the Baltimore metropolitan region receives funds from the UASI grant program (Montgomery and Prince George’s counties also receive UASI funds as part of the National Capital Region UASI). For FY2011, Maryland’s share of SHSGP and UASI funds were significantly reduced from the FY2010 levels; SHSGP funds decreased by 50 percent, and Baltimore UASI funds decreased by 29 percent. These cuts in funding reflect a national trend of less FY2011 funds available for states and cities. At the national level, FY2011 funding for SHSGP was reduced by 37 percent and 20 percent for UASI compared to their FY2010 funding levels.
The charts above provide the annual SHSGP and UASI funding levels for Maryland and nationally from 2003 to 2013.