QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO COORDINATE COUNTY-WIDE EFFORT TO COMBAT HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS
(L-R Rear) – 1st Sgt. Joseph Saboury (MSP-ESIC), Sheriff Gary Hofmann – Director EMS Scott Haas – Dr. Joseph Ciotola – Scott Pilewski (QA BOE) (Foreground L-R) Unidentified – Lt. Kenny Rhodes (CPD) (Not Shown) Warden Lamont Cooke – Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Cuches.
Centreville, MD (March 07, 2017) The Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services will be leading a coordinated effort across Queen Anne’s County to focus on prevention, treatment, and enforcement measures in order to aggressively combat the opioid and heroin crisis.
Emergency managers bring with them an invaluable skillset: the ability to conduct efficient multiagency coordination. Fighting the heroin and opioid crisis necessitates a whole community approach supported by a multitude of agencies. The Queen Anne’s Emergency Management Services Office will ensure a unified effort in Queen Anne’s County.
A number of government agencies will be working together to reduce the impact that heroin and opioids have on the community. This includes Centreville Police Department, Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, Queen Anne’s County States Attorney’s Office, Queen Anne’s Emergency Management Services, Maryland State Police and Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force.
This comes on the heels of Governor Hogan declaring a State of Emergency for the State of Maryland. The governor’s executive order delegates emergency powers to state and local emergency management officials, enabling them to fast-track coordination among state and local agencies with and community organizations, including private sector and nonprofit entities to ensure whole-community involvement. The declaration was a result of the initial findings of the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) established by the administration in January to facilitate greater collaboration among state agencies, including health and human services, education, and public safety entities. The OOCC’s work made it clear that the state needed greater flexibility to activate emergency teams in jurisdictions across the state and engage local communities. Additionally, Governor Hogan is committing $50 million in additionalfunding to directly address this crisis.
Additionally, the governor announced that he has tasked his senior advisor for emergency management Clay Stamp, to oversee the State’s coordinated program. Stamp will work closely with Queen Anne’s County in order to support the local effort. “As an emergency management professional, it gives me great honor to have been chosen to lead such an important effort, and to service next to the many dedicated and highly capable people who are working to eliminate the impact this crisis is having on the people of Maryland,” said Stamp.