May 29, 2020
Reopening Rollout Continues
Governor Hogan this week extended the statewide flexibility for certain businesses and activities to resume service, safely. Counties continued to assess their own on-the-ground details, and adjust as needed. Maryland’s cautious re-opening continues to balance economic and health concerns.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the evolution of the podcast and ask listeners to weigh in on future topics, guests, bumper music, artwork, and more!
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Counties In Action
Baltimore County Reminds Everyone to Protect the Bay by Properly Disposing of Face Masks and Gloves
Caroline Public Schools Distribute More Than 100,000 Meals Thanks to Support from Staff/Volunteers/Partners
Prince George's Launches Nature Quest Art Contest, Encouraging Children to Explore Outside and Share Their Art

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner, Motorola Solutions , wants to make sure your communications systems are ready for the next emergency situation before it strikes.

Is Your Communications System Ready for the Unexpected?

The time to prepare for a major weather event or natural disaster is now. The key to keeping people safe and critical infrastructure intact is preparation, and one of the most important components of disaster planning is communications readiness. Whether dispatching first responders, coordinating search and rescue operations or restoring power, reliable and interoperable communications between teams on the frontlines is essential.

10 Tips to Help you Prepare

  1. Update contact lists for key personnel, including employees and business partners. Include phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses where possible.
  2. Stock emergency operations centers with supplies for additional staff and those who will be working extra hours. 
  3. Test generators; make sure emergency fleet vehicles are fully serviced.
  4. Touch-base with your critical communications providers on plans to deploy mobile support to areas that may be impacted.
  5. Coordinate with crews and technicians in advance for deployment when and where their services are needed.
  6. Consider whether additional two-way radios, chargers or radio accessories will be needed for responders or volunteers and order in advance.
  7. Check that all mission-critical software is up-to-date; consider secure cloud-based software solutions to enable work from new locations if an area is directly impacted by a disaster.
  8. Public safety agencies should make sure public safety answering points (PSAPs) are prepared for a potential increase in 9-1-1 calls.
  9. Learn about government grants designed to assist US states, federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program.
  10. Download our disaster preparedness checklist to assess your readiness and plan ahead.

Motorola Solutions is proud to offer the mission-critical communications technologies on which first responders, essential personnel and businesses rely.

For more information on Motorola Solution's communications technologies, visit their website.

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