Baltimore County News
Stormfighter web feature enables residents to report issues directly to emergency managers
Residents and the travelling public can get updated information about Baltimore County’s snow removal operations and road conditions on the County website and on Twitter.
The County reminds residents that during very heavy snowfall, crews must concentrate on keeping main roads cleared and may require 48 hours, or more, after the snow has stopped to clear neighborhood and feeder roads.
Stormfighter web feature
The County’s new Stormfighter interactive web feature provides residents with a direct line to communicate storm-related concerns to the County’s emergency managers, rather than phoning the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Stormfighter reporting form available to the public is the same form as County call-takers use to input callers’ concerns. The system integrates with GIS mapping applications and provides real-time visual map-based data to assist DPW and emergency managers in responding to severe storms or other localized or regional emergencies.
The County website offers the latest on road conditions, current plowing operations, winter storm tips and more at baltimorecountymd.gov/stormfighter, which includes Twitter updates from Baltimore County Emergency Management. These updates are also available on Twitter by using our Twitter handle, @BACOemergency.
County officials remind residents that in cases of true medical or other emergencies, they should always call 911. During major storm emergencies, first responders coordinate with DPW and other resources to continue responding to fires, urgent medical needs and other emergency situations.
Live Traffic Camera Feeds and Road Closures Now Included
The County Stormfighter web feature includes recent upgrades to assist travelers. The page now provides a link to live traffic camera feeds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). It also offers a link to the County’s list of road closures, which provides details on roads that are currently closed due to repairs, accidents, weather or other hazards. This list is updated frequently, so we recommend that people check back often for the latest status. State roads and interstates are not included. For information on those roads, please see the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at http://www.chart.state.md.us/incidents/index.php.