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Baltimore County emergency management leaders tomorrow will conduct a routine hurricane season "refresher" for Police, Fire, Public Works and other agencies involved in a response to natural disasters

Media are invited to a briefing in the Emergency Operations Center in Towson at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the training. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the County's director of Emergency Management, Mark Hubbard, will be available. Media should report to the security desk in lobby of the Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave., 21204.

Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management usually conducts two refreshers each year – one before the winter storm season and one at the start of hurricane season or peak hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season begins in June, and most tropical storm activity occurs during August and September.

Typically, the County’s low-lying coastal areas are most vulnerable during a tropical storm or hurricane. Flooding of inland streams and rivers also may be a factor. The Emergency Operations Center activates for emergencies that require a multi-agency, coordinated response.

About Tomorrow's Activities

Tomorrow's EOC exercise will reacquaint existing agency representatives and introduce new representatives to basic EOC functions and procedures; technological resources available during an EOC activation; and communication and public notification tools. The exercise will conclude with a mock scenario that will allow agency representatives to discuss how they would respond to such an event.

The exercise and media briefing also are an opportunity to stress the importance of personal preparedness. Nationally, emergency management experts say it is essential for every home or business to be prepared to get through the first 72 hours following an emergency. It does not take a major disaster to create an emergency; a power outage of any duration can create inconvenience or serious problems if families and businessses do not have sufficient water and an emergency light source.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson has announced a number of new command assignments that take effect tomorrow, April 1.

  • Woodland M. Wilson III will be promoted from the rank of Captain to the rank of Major. Captain Wilson oversees BCoPD’s Operations Support Section, including K-9 and the Tactical Unit. As a Major, he will oversee Support Operations Division, including the Tactical Unit and K-9 as well as Aviation, the Hostage Negotiation Team, the Behavioral Assessment Unit, the Marine Team and Traffic.
  • Major Daniel Kaliszak will command BCoPD’s Technical Services Division. Major Kaliszak currently is assigned to Support Operations.
  • Captain Gordon Skinner, currently commander of Precinct 8/Parkville, will command the Vice/Narcotics Section.
  • Captain Jay Landsman Jr., currently assigned to the Vice/Narcotics Section, will command Precinct 6/Towson.
  • Captain Lisa Hannon, currently assigned to the Operations Bureau, will command Precinct 8/Parkville.
  • Captain Richard Howard, currently commander of Precinct 6/Towson, will be assigned to the Operations Bureau.

The changes follow the retirement last month of Major Karen Johnson.

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