Delivering and Maintaining Maryland’s Twelve Core Goals for Homeland Security Preparedness by 2016

Overall Progress


On Track

Population Covered by Statewide Interoperable Radio

55.0% Increase

Hospital Emergency Department Visits Covered by ESSENCE

60.0% Increase

Video Feeds Available to First Responders

Video Feeds
Video Feeds
627.8% Increase
This site was last updated on October 16, 2014.

Federal Homeland Security Grants: Awarded Nationwide

Federal Homeland Security Grants: Awarded to Maryland


Updated FY15 Statewide Radio Interoperability Acute Care Hospitals Reporting to ESSENCE

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.

Actions Taken Towards Goal

  • Completed the first two phases of MD FiRST, Maryland’s first ever statewide interoperable radio system, providing interoperable radio coverage on the entire Eastern Shore and parts of the Central Maryland. The network is wired to allow first responders to connect in counties covering 55% percent of the State’s population. The first phase provided coverage throughout MdTA’s primary response area including the northern I-95 corridor and critical infrastructure such as the Port of Baltimore and BWI airport. In 2013, Maryland completed the infrastructure build out for Phase II, providing coverage for the entire Eastern Shore. Phase III began in January 2014 and the remainder of the system is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • Deployed 415 License Plate Readers (LPR) to 69 state, federal or local law enforcement throughout Maryland, including 99 fixed LPR cameras that monitor key critical infrastructure facilities and major transportation routes. 78 percent (323) of Maryland’s LPRs are connected to a central database to form a shared data network for criminal and counter-terrorist investigations. License Plate Readers provide law enforcement agencies with real-time information on wanted or missing persons, stolen vehicles, and other criminal or terrorist-related intelligence. In addition, historical LPR data can help law enforcement with protecting the public and investigating crimes.
  • Increased the number of live traffic management and public safety Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras available to first responders from 266 in 2009 to 2,023 in 2014.   
  • Every region in Maryland now has access to a Type 1 Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Team and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team/Bomb Squad whose members are trained at the FBI’s national training center. Maryland has a total of 15 Type I Hazardous Materials teams and 7 Type I Bomb Squads. 
  • 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 quarter.
  • Created the State’s first Mass Care Shelter Plan and now have eleven state-level mass care shelters available for use in extreme emergencies.   
  • Received a near-perfect score for the seventh year in a row since 2008 on the U.S. Coast Guard’s assessment of security at the Port of Baltimore’s MPA terminals.   
  • In October 2013, DoIT began a new training program to increase staff awareness of cyber security related issues and policy. By the end of Quarter 2 in 2014 DoIT had successfully trained 94% of all state employees.
  • Increased investments and focus in growing the cybersecurity industry in Maryland. Maryland now ranks second in the country for cybersecurity jobs per capita, according to a new report by Burning Glass Technologies. The number of cybersecurity jobs in Maryland nearly doubled from 2007 to 2013 (94 percent growth), placing Maryland in the top ten nationwide for both the number of cybersecurity jobs (6th) and the number of cybersecurity jobs per capita (2nd). Since 2007, the number of cybersecurity jobs in Maryland has grown 24 percent faster than the national average.

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Additional Information

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 federal grant dollars available for states and cities. In 2014 Maryland received $6.125 million in State Homeland Security Grant Program Funds (SHSGP). These state block grant funds are up from $5.325 million in FY2013, but still a reduction from $7.9 million in FY11 and $15.8 million in FY10. The State’s SHSGP allocation peaked in FY04 at more than $40 million. By law 80 percent of SHSGP funds are passed through to local jurisdictions. 

The charts above provide the annual SHSGP and UASI funding levels for Maryland and nationally from 2003 to 2014.

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