Thursday, April 27, 2006

Maryland Warned of Hurricane Threat

The federal government's top hurricane forecaster and Director of the National Hurricane center, Max Mayfield, came to Maryland's annual severe-storm awareness conference on April 17th to convince attendees to be vigilant this hurricane season. Hurricane forecaster William Gray of Colorado State University claims there is a 64% chance that a Category 3 or higher storm will hit the East Coast this year. The previous average was 31 percent.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of assigning disaster coordinators to 13 states, including Maryland. R. David Paulison, President Bush's nominee to lead FEMA, said, "We're going to lean further forward than ever before. Instead of waiting for [the storm] to come across, we're going to move into your state." He assured the audience that even with the agency's proactive efforts, "Response is still a local issue."

(The Baltimore Sun)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Concerns of Police Survivors Petition

The Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) has just posted a petition asking for support for HR 4424.

H.R. 4424 would allow law enforcement surviving spouses and dependent children affordable health care coverage by participating in the Federal Employees Health Care Plan. Monthly savings could be as much as 80% of what they are now paying for health care. Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS) is requesting help in assuring passage of this legislation.Please go to the below listed web site and sign the petition.

COPS will be gathering signatures to the petition before and during National Police Week, and will take it to Congress after Police Week events.

http://www.petitiononline.com/hr4424/petition.html