About the Urban Area Work Group
Created in 2003 to coordinate emergency preparedness activities in the Baltimore region, the Urban Area Work Group includes committees of fire, police, emergency medical services and public works personnel from BMC's member jurisdictions plus the City of Annapolis. In addition, each jurisdiction has hired an Emergency Planner and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency has assigned a coordinator for Central Maryland.
One of the UAWG’s responsibilities is to assess the region’s needs and recommend equipment acquisitions and projects that are eligible for federal reimbursement. The types of equipment that the UAWG has been able to secure thus far include:
Radio communications - hardware and software;
Web-based emergency communication system;
Mobile emergency generators to serve as power backup for critical infrastructure; and
Decontamination trucks for each jurisdiction.
The establishment of the Central Maryland Area Radio Communications system was one of the first priorities of the UAWG. Launched in 2005, the CMARC system provides five channels dedicated to regional mutual aid communications that any first responder can use in the event of a major public safety incident.
The UAWG also awarded grants for security improvements to schools and other facilities operated by nonprofit organizations and deemed to be at risk. In addition, the UAWG commissioned the region's public information officers to develop a campaign to promote household emergency preparedness.
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