Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Florence

September 10, 2018

Executive Order Issued Ahead of Storm Making Projected Landfall on the U.S. East Coast

Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.22 declaring a state of emergency beginning Monday, September 10, 2018 ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence. The executive order will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.

“At this time, there is still some uncertainty about the track of this storm and its potential impact, but we are preparing for any possible outcome, including the potential of historic, catastrophic, and life-threatening flooding in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “Our state is taking every precaution, and I urge all Marylanders to do the same. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to state and local authorities, and most importantly, use common sense.”

Weather forecasters have indicated that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions in our waterways. Current forecasts indicate that torrential rains, tropical storm force winds, and tidal flooding/storm surge could impact the state beginning as early as Thursday. The state’s Emergency Operations Center Response Level has been elevated, and the center is fully staffed with emergency management personnel and state agency coordinating function representatives.

The state of emergency allows the governor to access critical resources in order to increase the state’s response, like the Maryland National Guard. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This compact serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s mutual aid system and offers assistance and aid during states of emergency through member states.

“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,” said MEMA’s Executive Director, Russell Strickland. “We encourage all residents and visitors to our State to visit to see if they are inside, or if they are traveling to, a hurricane evacuation zone,” he added.

Governor Hogan has directed state agencies to stand ready to respond to the effects of this storm, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). For more information, residents can also go to MEMA’s website at, follow MEMA’s Twitter feed at @MDMEMA, or follow MEMA’s Facebook page at

4 Responses to Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Florence

  1. Rob Stark on September 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    And as per usual Maryland will not get affected

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Per usual? every prediction on the past hurricane/tropical storms have been correct isabel,floyd,etc…so not sure what youre talking about…

      • Rob Stark on September 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

        Sandy was set to devastate Md and got nothing…

  2. Davis, Melissa, next to a picture of a really old house on September 18, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Talk about a state of emergency — our criminal justice system is in a state of emergency. Another Constitution Day and we still don’t have a mission statement for traffic tickets, for fines, for incarceration. How do we know what the goal of these things is unless we have a mission statement? Another Maryland Day has passed and we still don’t have these things. Another Bill of Rights Day has passed and we still don’t have these things. Not why was ail time given (jail), what is the goal of jail? What is the goal of a traffic ticket? What is the goal of a fine? Lets stop playing guessing games. Is it rehabilitation? Is it punishment? Is it both? Is it neither?