Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Red, White and Blue Mondays

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Mayor,
Baltimore City
250 City Hall - Baltimore Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3835 - Fax: (410) 576-9425

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Issues a Local State of Emergency for Baltimore City In Advance of Winter Snow Storm

City leaders are urging residents to take steps now to be prepared for possible severe weather

BALTIMORE, Md. (January 21, 2016)—Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a local state of emergency, effective at 4:00 pm today, as the City prepares for an upcoming snow storm. Forecasters have issued a blizzard warning starting Friday night and continuing through the weekend, with the potential for more than a foot of snow and high winds.

As a precautionary measure, City leaders are urging residents to take steps now to be prepared for the storm, as well as potential power outages. For more information on emergency preparedness, residents are encouraged to go to the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management at emergency.baltimorecity.gov.

The state-of-emergency declaration is intended to assist with preparation and activation of emergency planning. Currently, city operations are operating as normal. If there are any changes due to severe weather conditions, further notifications will be made.

The City's Emergency Operations Center will be activated starting at 9:00 am Friday. The City's agencies have been planninng and meeting all week to ensure Baltimore is prepared for the upcoming storm.

Emergency Operations Officials are suggesting the following:

  • Have at least three days of water on hand for each person in your home
  • Check your flashlights and battery-powered radios to make sure they have fresh batteries
  • Keep your pets indoors
  • Review your medical prescriptions to be sure that you have enough medications to last a week

Check on your neighbors – particularly the elderly and vulnerable – and see if they need any help with storm preparations   

The Star-Spangled Banner flies over Fort McHenry

Mayor Urges Baltimore to Wear Patriotic Colors to Celebrate Star Spangled Spectacular

BALTIMORE, Md. (June 30, 2014)—Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Red, White, and Blue Mondays. Baltimore City employees are urged to don patriotic colors each Monday throughout the summer (beginning Monday, July 7) in support of Star-Spangled Summer—a celebration of the 200th anniversary of America's national anthem.

"For Baltimore City natives and residents, our place in the history of the United States—particularly, our role in the War of 1812—is a point of pride," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "The defense of our homeland and the birth of our national anthem are remarkable stories. As we celebrate these milestones, we will express our devotion—not only for our city, but for our nation and its long standing history—by proudly wearing the colors of our Star-Spangled Banner each Monday."

Baltimore residents and businesses are also encouraged to participate, as Baltimore City prepares for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, scheduled for September 10 – 16. Red, White, and Blue Mondays will not apply to Baltimore City employees who must wear uniforms.

Baltimore City played a pivotal role during the War of 1812, particularly in 1814 after British forces captured and burned Washington, DC and proceeded north toward Baltimore. The British planned to gain a foothold in Baltimore—attacking by land at North Point and by sea at Fort McHenry, which stood in defense of the Baltimore Harbor. It was during their bombardment of Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key, a Maryland-born attorney, was inspired to write the words that would become "The Star-Spangled Banner," America's national anthem.

Star-Spangled Summer marks the final months of Star-Spangled 200, Maryland's multi-year commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and of Maryland's unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation. Events marking the commemoration are scheduled to take place throughout the state. For more information, visit www.starspangled200.com.

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