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State of Emergency Declared in Howard County

January 22, 2016

Media Contact:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman this evening signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for Howard County. The Executive Order provides Kittleman with the necessary broad authority to take actions that he deems necessary to protect the lives and property of all who live in Howard County.

“This is a significant storm of historic proportions,” said Kittleman. “We have been asking all day, and I can’t stress it enough, please stay off the roads tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.”

The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall accumulations of 16 to 20 inches between 1:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23. Travel on county roads, especially during this period, will be treacherous with whiteout conditions and zero visibility.

Kittleman signed the Executive Order in the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after conferring with members of the senior policy group, which includes Chief Administrative Officer Lonnie Robbins, Police Chief Gary Gardner, Fire Chief John Butler, Department of Public Works Director Jim Irvin and Office of Emergency Management Director Ryan Miller.

The EOC was activated at 7:00 a.m. this morning and will continue to be fully staffed throughout the duration of the storm.

Throughout the storm, the County will maintain and regularly update www.howardcountymd.gov/storminfo.htm with the latest news and information. You can also follow the County’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as Kittleman’s Facebook and Twitter, for storm updates.

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