March 27, 2020
Counties Collaborate with State/Federal Counterparts to Combat COVID-19
Efforts to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are advancing in full force at the local, state, and federal levels with new developments happening daily. This week Congress is set to pass a third COVID-19 package designed to provide economic relief to individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. On a state level, Maryland is readying additional relief programs, preparing for voting by mail, and shoring up additional hospital beds. Counties are collaborating with their state and federal counterparts and community partners on response and relief efforts and holding virtual meetings to move forward with critical government operations and decision-making.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, Natasha Mehu, Drew Jabin, and Alex Butler recap MACo's advocacy in the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly .

This year, for the first time in since the Civil War, the General Assembly closed session early on March 18, due to precautionary social distancing measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the unusual circumstances, MACo’s advocacy still led to more positive outcomes for its members. Bills that we supported had a greater likelihood of passage, while bills we opposed had a larger tendency to fail. MACo also helped improve many pieces of legislation through articulating county positions in amendments and will continue to work with State partners in several areas of ongoing administrative improvement.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode:
Counties In Action
County Creates Map to Show Food Resources Available During COVID-19 Shutdown
County Creates "What's the Big Deal?" COVID-19 Infographic
@MoCoRec partners with Health & Human Services Dept. to Serve Meals to Seniors

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Bronze Corporate Partners Pepco & Delmarva Power , is warning customers to be on alert for potential scammers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

With the District of Columbia, Maryland and the world experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pepco is reminding customers to always be on alert for potential scams targeting energy customers. Scams occur throughout the year, but the company has seen an increase in scam attempts with scammers using this health crisis to take advantage of energy customers throughout the United States. The company has received reports that scammers are threatening to shut service off, and also are offering cash or credit incentives in order to obtain a customer's personal or financial information.

"It is unfortunate that scammers are using the public's concerns around health and financial uncertainty to deceive and further harm our customers," said Derrick Dickens, senior vice president and Chief Customer Officer for Pepco Holdings. "We want to provide our customers with tools and information that can help ward off would be scammers and help put a stop to these ongoing scamming attempts."   

Don't Get Scammed: Customers can avoid being scammed by taking a few precautions
  1. Never provide your social security number or personal information to anyone initiating contact with you claiming to be a company representative or requesting you to send money to another person or entity other than Pepco.
  2. Always ask to see a company photo ID before allowing any Pepco worker into your home or business.
  3. Never make a payment for services to anyone coming to your door.

How to protect yourself:
  • Pepco representatives will never ask or require a customer with a past due balance to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.
  • Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank withdrawal or by mail.
  • Customers with a past due balance will receive multiple shut off notifications – never a single notification one hour before disconnection.
  • If a customer ever questions the legitimacy of the call, hang up and call Pepco at 202-833-7500.

For the full article, visit Pepco's website .

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