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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.

On Sunday, November 2, Baltimore County first responders will be conducting emergency preparedness training exercises at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, located at 4300 Bedford Road, 21208. The training exercises will be held from 7 a.m. to noon.

Personnel from the Baltimore County Public School system, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Fire Department will be participating in the exercises.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

The family of Robert Fogle III -- the firefighter who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest last Friday during a training exercise at the Fire-Rescue Academy -- has asked us to share its appreciation for the support from the community at large as well as from the fire community. They request privacy during this time of mourning.

Carol Ann Fogle, the wife of Robert Fogle III, has asked the Baltimore County Fire Department to share the following statement:

We cannot begin to express in adequate words the sincere appreciation and gratitude we are feeling at this most unexpected and difficult time. Be it known that we feel the strength of your thoughts and prayers, and they are most comforting.

We would like to extend a special "thank you" to all who are tirelessly and feverishly working behind the scenes, putting in untold hours to  prepare seamlessly for the final celebration of my husband’s life. This is such a selfless act of kindness and generosity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Bob touched so many lives that it is impossible to know the magnitude of grief being felt across the State and nation. His contacts were many beyond the State’s borders.

For those of you who personally knew Bob, we say to you, "thank you," for touching his life as well. We encourage you to embrace any pain of loss you feel from his untimely departure, and then let it go; hold on only to those thoughts and memories that are good.

We personally feel a deep sense of loss. Bob was a wonderful father to Casey and Garrett. He was active in their lives and worked tirelessly to provide them with many rich life experiences so that as adults they are prepared to contribute to their world in a meaningful way.

For me personally, I have not only lost my husband, I have lost my best friend. The grief I feel is numbing, the sorrow I feel is overwhelming.

The love and support from family, friends, the fire community and the community at large – along with our faith – sustains us from day to day.

“Thank you” just does not seem to say enough.

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