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Town of La Plata to Test Early Warning/Tornado Sirens on Saturday, December 2, 2023

Town of La Plata to Test Early Warning/Tornado Sirens on Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Town of La Plata test will be testing its early warning devices/sirens on Saturday, December 2, 2023 beginning at 10 am. The Town of La Plata test its early warning devices/sirens in December and May. The next test will be Saturday, December 2, 2023 beginning at 10 am. The testing lasts about a...
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Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4

Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have announced a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at approximately 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of the test is to ensure that the systems continue to be...
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Potential Severe Weather Incoming to Maryland This Weekend Due to Tropical Storm “Sixteen”

Potential Severe Weather Incoming to Maryland This Weekend Due to Tropical Storm “Sixteen”

The National Weather Service is forecasting potentially severe weather that will likely impact St. Mary’s County this weekend, beginning Friday evening, September 22, 2023, and continuing through Sunday morning, September 24, 2023, due to potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen. This storm is anticipated to bring impacts, including tropical storm-force winds, storm surge, heavy rain, power...
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Public Safety Issues Animal Safety Alert Due to Severe Heat

Public Safety Issues Animal Safety Alert Due to Severe Heat

Due to forecasted high temperatures, animal owners or custodians are required to provide appropriate protection from the weather including shelter, water, space and access to shade In addition, the following requirements are in effect until the official heat advisory expires: Dogs with short snouts (brachiocephalic), such as boxers, Shih-Tzus and pugs, and long hair winter...
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VIDEO: Wrong Way Impaired Driver Arrested, Police Investigating Drivers Involvement in Rollover Collision

VIDEO: Wrong Way Impaired Driver Arrested, Police Investigating Drivers Involvement in Rollover Collision

On Saturday, June 10, 2023, at approximately 12:28 p.m., crews inside of the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad were alerted by a citizen of a motor vehicle accident in front of the station. Police, fire and additional firefighters were dispatched to 3099 Livingston Road in Bryans Road, for the serious motor...
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Citizens Encouraged to Prepare for 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Citizens Encouraged to Prepare for 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, urges citizen awareness and preparedness. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with most hurricane-like weather occurring between mid-August and late October. Calvert County is at risk for strong winds, heavy rain, inland...
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Be Prepared for the 2023 Hurricane Season

Be Prepared for the 2023 Hurricane Season

St. Mary’s County Government’s Department of Emergency Services urges community members to be prepared for the next Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1, 2023, and goes through November 30, 2023. Forecasters at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predict near-normal hurricane activity...
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Waldorf Man Arrested Twice in 6 Days with Officers Recovering Two Stolen Vehicles, Subject Released by Judge Again

Waldorf Man Arrested Twice in 6 Days with Officers Recovering Two Stolen Vehicles, Subject Released by Judge Again

On May 10 at 8:04 a.m., a patrol officer was conducting a patrol check in the area of Mall Circle when he observed a KIA with a broken out window. Upon approaching the car, the officer observed the ignition had significant damage and had been reported stolen from a nearby county. The occupant of...
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Calvert County Winter Storm Warnings Requirements for Animal Owners

Calvert County Winter Storm Warnings Requirements for Animal Owners

When the National Weather Service issues a WINTER STORM WARNING for Calvert County. From the announcement until the expiration of the official warning the following are required to be provided by animal owners or custodians: Dogs and cats should be brought inside. If a dog or cat is left outside they must have free...
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Public Safety Issues Animal Safety Alert Due to Severe Cold Weather – December 24th to 25th

Public Safety Issues Animal Safety Alert Due to Severe Cold Weather – December 24th to 25th

Due to severe cold temperatures forecast for Calvert County this weekend, the Department of Public Safety has issued an animal safety alert for Saturday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 25. Animal owners or custodians are required to provide the following protections for the duration of the alert: Dogs and cats should be brought inside....
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Charles County Testing of Early Warning Devices/Sirens on Saturday, December 3, 2022

Charles County Testing of Early Warning Devices/Sirens on Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Town of La Plata test its early warning devices/sirens in December and May. The next test will be Saturday, December 3, 2022 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The testing lasts about a half hour. The tests consist of both siren alerts and audible notifications. The tests are conducted in conjunction with the Charles County...
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St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation to Provide Self-Service Sandbags in Advance of Weekend Storms

St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation to Provide Self-Service Sandbags in Advance of Weekend Storms

Due to the potential for excessive amounts of rain from Hurricane Ian, the Department of Public Works & Transportation is offering self-service sandbags on the following days and times: Friday, Sept. 30. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sandbags will be available at the following St....
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National Weather Service Confirms EF-0 Tornado in Mechanicsville on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

National Weather Service Confirms EF-0 Tornado in Mechanicsville on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

NWS damage survey for Mechanicsville, MD – Tornado event on June 8, 2022. Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 85 mph Path length /statute/: 3.3 miles Path width /maximum/: 75 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: Wednesday, June 8 2022 at 8:42 p.m., start location: 2 SE Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County, end time...
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UPDATE: Severe Weather in Southern Maryland Causes Power Outages and Damage

UPDATE: Severe Weather in Southern Maryland Causes Power Outages and Damage

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m., Multiple SMECO crews have restored most power throughout the region. As of 10:10 p.m., approximately 1,658 customers are still without power. 6/8/2022 @ 8:55 p.m., over 10,000 customers are currently without power – SMECO crews are working on restoring multiple outages, and firefighters in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s are...
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National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Travelled Through St. Mary’s and Charles County on Friday, May 27, 2022

National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Travelled Through St. Mary’s and Charles County on Friday, May 27, 2022

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 Tornado travelled 4.16 miles through Charlotte Hall, MD, and Benedict, MD. A damage survey for 05/27/2022 tornado in Charlotte Hall, MD. Rating: EF-1 Estimated peak wind: 90 mph Path length /statute/: 4.16 miles Path width /maximum/: 100 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start date: Friday, May,...
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Charles County Commissioners Adopt Fiscal 2023 Budget of $494 Million

Charles County Commissioners Adopt Fiscal 2023 Budget of $494 Million

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a balanced General Fund budget of $494,446,200, an increase of 9.8 percent over last year. The adopted budget provides historic funding for Charles County Public Schools, makes critical investments in core programs and services, record-level investments in public safety, and does not increase...
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Southern Maryland Under Severe Weather Warnings for Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Southern Maryland Under Severe Weather Warnings for Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Updates will be provided throughout the day on this article. The risk of severe thunderstorms over much of our region today is ENHANCED (level 3 of 5). Damaging winds appear to be the primary threat, but hail, a few tornadoes, & flooding are also possible. Remain alert for rapidly changing weather conditions late this...
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St. Mary’s County Government Announces Changes to Operations Due to Impending Weather

St. Mary’s County Government Announces Changes to Operations Due to Impending Weather

Due to impending winter weather conditions for Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, St. Mary’ County Government announces the following changes to operations: All Department of Recreation and Parks facilities, services and programs will close Friday, Jan. 28, effective 4 p.m., and remain closed Saturday, Jan. 29. The St. Andrews Landfill and all...
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Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools Updates Current School Year Calendar, Period End Date for Students

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made updates to the current school year calendar, including a marking period date change and the addition of early dismissal days to support staff. The end of the second marking period for students moves from Wednesday, Jan. 19, to Wednesday, Jan. 26. Students missed four days of school...
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SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

SMECO January 7, 2021 Update – Power Restoration to be Completed by Saturday!

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 7, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has nearly all of its crews and contractors working in the Nanjemoy, Grayton, and Indian Head areas of Charles County. According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “We had restored electric service to everyone in Calvert, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, but...
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NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Status Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River Operating Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival Status Due to Weather

NAS Patuxent River has announced it will be open on a 2-hour delayed arrival schedule Friday, January 7, 2022. Critical personnel must report to work as previously scheduled; Critical Personnel are designated as those performing duties that are critical to the operations of security, emergency management, medical facilities, public safety, and other crucial operations....
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Snow Emergency Plan Activated for St. Mary’s County and Calvert County

Snow Emergency Plan Activated for St. Mary’s County and Calvert County

The Maryland State Police has activated the Snow Emergency Plan for Calvert County effective at 0300 hours on 1/7/2022. The Snow Emergency Plan for St. Mary’s County has been placed into effect on January 7, 2022 at 0330 hours. The quick accumulation of snow was the main factor in implementing the plan. Road conditions...
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School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

School/Government Delays and Closures for Friday, January 7, 2022

Due to inclement weather conditions the following closures and delays have been announced for Friday, January 7, 2022. Check back for updates. St. Mary’s County St. Mary’s County Public Schools: All SMCPS Schools have a delayed opening of two hours on Friday, January 7, 2022.AM Pre-Kindergarten and AM Head Start students will not have school....
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St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments Respond to 179 Call of Service on January 3, 2022

St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments Respond to 179 Call of Service on January 3, 2022

St. Mary’s County Fire and EMS Departments had 179 total calls for service on January 3, 2022 Mechanicsville VFD responded to 69 total incidents on January 3, 2022 Attached is a photo showing the call volume for January 3rd. The blue highlighted section is the Mechanicsville VFD first due response area. Mechanicsville VFD also...
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State Highway Administration Prepares for Next Round of Winter Weather in Maryland

State Highway Administration Prepares for Next Round of Winter Weather in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing for the next round of winter weather poised to affect the state. The current timing of this storm is anticipated to influence both the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. Motorists are encouraged to telework if possible or reschedule/cancel their commute to...
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