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Baltimore County emergency management officials encourage local residents to participate in the "Great ShakeOut Drill," designed to improve our response to earthquakes.

Powerful earthquakes are uncommon in the Mid-Atlantic, but earthquakes do occur here occasionally. The most recent noteworthy example: The August 23, 2011 tremor near Mineral, VA, which was felt throughout the Baltimore region.

Great ShakeOut drills will occur across the U.S. on Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m. Baltimore County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security participates along with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), FEMA and the Ready Campaign PrepareAthon

“Many of us remember where we were on August 23, 2011,” said Jay Ringgold, director of Baltimore County's HS&EM. “We'd never felt anything like that before. That was a wake-up call for those of us in Maryland area to learn what to do – and what not to do – during an earthquake.”

The 10:18 Drill

At 10:18 a.m., ShakeOut participants will drop, cover, and hold on for earthquake preparedness;

o   DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)

o   Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table

o   HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and at any time during the day. It is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that residents and their families prepare ahead of time.

The Great ShakeOut combines science-based earthquake research and lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. 

Additional information is available at

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Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting on Vanderwood Road last night that resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man.

Police and medics were sent to the 900 block of Vanderwood Road in Catonsville after receiving 9-1-1 calls for an unconscious man lying in the street around 8 p.m. The man, identified as Idrissa Derme (46) of the 1900 block of Mosher Street, 21217, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Derme suffered at least one gunshot wound while he was delivering a food order for a local carry-out restaurant to an address on Vanderwood Road. Detectives believe that robbery was the motive for the shooting.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything unusual or heard gunshots fired to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

Baltimore County Police are looking for the public’s help in locating a car involved in a fatal hit and run. Just before 3:30 a.m. on October 13, 2018, police responded to the area of Liberty Road near Croydon Road, 21207 for a pedestrian stuck by a car. County Police Crash Team investigators determined that a 27-year-old man was crossing Liberty Road when he was struck by the car traveling east on Liberty Road. The vehicle fled the area after striking the victim.

The car is described as a 1997 to 1999, two-toned cream over silver colored, Lexus ES300. The car should have significant damage to the front right corner and to the front right headlight, including some parts missing from the assembly.

The victim was transported to Sinai Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Garohn Malik Green, 27, of the 200-block of Medwick Garth E, 21228. Police have attached the photograph of a similar car for reference. If anyone has information about this fatal hit and run, please call 911 or Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Revised June 27, 2017