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Kamenetz Declares State of Emergency

County plans to open a shelter at Eastern Technical High School at 1 p.m.

UPDATED (11:59 a.m.)—Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has declared a state of emergency in Baltimore County.

The county has also announced that it will open its first Hurricane Sandy-related emergency shelter at Eastern Technical High School at 1 p.m. The shelter accepts pets, who will be kept in a separate, ventilated portion of the building. Owners will be allowed to visit with their pets while at the shelter.

Two state-run shelters in the county are are currently open and available to residents. The state-run shelters are:

  • The Retriever Center on the campus of the , 1000 Hilltop Road, Catonsville, MD, 21228.
  • Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD, 21117.

Neither state-run shelter accepts pets.

Additionally, all administrative hearings for Oct. 30 and recreation and parks programs are canceled and recreation centers will close at 1 p.m.

The county also announced the following changes to county services:

  • Baltimore County Health Centers and WIC clinics are closing at noon today.
  • Animal Control is open for emergencies only.
  • The County's Medical Assistance Transportation Program is only transporting clients for most essential medical needs. Routine appointments will be rescheduled.
  • All Baltimore County Senior Centers are closed until further notice.
  • CountyRide is also suspended until further notice.

The declaration gives Kamenetz additional powers to regulate traffic, protect the health, safety and welfare of county residents and coordinate with state agencies, according to Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman.

Kobler said the declaration triggers "a tracking mechanism for county expenses so that we can seek reimbursement from the state and federal government."

Kamenetz is expected to brief the press at 1 p.m. in Towson.

Stay with Patch for updates on this story.

Buzz Beeler October 29, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The county should have been on top of this long before the day of the storm. A school shooting tragedy is covered instantly and non stop. With Patch's ability to get the word out quick this should have been number one topic from the county since day one. Posting of the shelters, supplies, emergency routs, phone numbers, assistance for the elderly, and news that superscription drugs may be refiled before authorization of the insurance company because of the emergency should have been put out there. All the chances in the world for photo-ops radio and TV and this is the first I've heard from the county.
Raven October 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
State of Maryland closed tomorrow except for essential personnel
Bon October 29, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I agree 100%. Other representatives have been on keeping people informed,Mayor,Gov.,and other county officials. Kamenetz hasn't informed the county of anything,Cathy Bevins gave more info on Facebook.I hope the Eastside of the county doesn't need his help after the storm,he is only concerned about the westside of the county .
Raven October 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I agree!
Peggy Baumg October 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Any more Baltimore County shelters in case of emergency. In June, power outages,they recommended going to librarries, malls, theaters, for cooling areas. This time theaters, malls, libraries for emeg. shelters. This time that won't help elderly, (cold weather), disabled, infants,etc. What about public school gyms, auditoriums, etc? for shelters- more long time this time, I fear. PJ Baumg
Raven October 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
No other county shelters that I know of. You can keep an eye on their website. http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Alert/alert.html Stay safe all.,
Bryan P. Sears October 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Kathy: Those shelters were state shelters. There are two in the county, both on the west side at UMBC and the JCC in Owings Mills. The county opened Eastern Technical High at 1 p.m. as a shelter that is pet friendly. Hope that helps.
Kathy Hoatson October 29, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I agree with you Buzz. Where was Kamenetz plan for the county before the day of the storm? I guess better late than never. Haven't seen him on any tv station all day and I have watched them all. Wouln't think he would miss a photo op.
Lois October 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I work in a hospital and will be here for the duration. I have made arrangements but really had a problem finding a place for my four dogs 2 of which I foster. There should be more pet friendly shelters since they are a huge part of the family. I would even feed them and clean up after them that's more then I can say about many people.
Buzz Beeler October 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Kathy there are so many issues facing us especially our vulnerable seniors we should have be hearing from him all week. It would be nice to also hear from the council persons but Bevins and Oleszewski were holding fund raisers. There are so many issues there would not be enough room for just one blog on this. Too late now!
Steve October 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
".....superscription drugs.." That must be some good stuff.
Raven October 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
WBAL TV reporting that Baltimore county school and government are closed on Tuesday
Steve williams October 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Did all of you complainers lose your power on Friday? Or are you happy to pile on during a tragedy.If you were truly informed,Buzz and company,you would have watched or read THE FIRST PRESSCONFERENCE ON THE STORM.Were you hunkered down at that point.Typical of folks who just hate gov't ,except now when you're clamoring for gov't help.Buzz you say you watch Patch,like a hawk,how did you miss Fridays press conference?There's much to debate,this isn't one of them.You're grasping at straws.
Bart October 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Good. Spare us from another one of your hapless blogs.
Bart October 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I give a lot of credit to the governor, the county Exec. and the councilpersons for their concern during the storm. Our councilperson, David Marks, frequently notified the neighborhood leaders with updates, and made sure they were able to contact him in case of emergency. BGE is also to be commended. Our power was out for only 1 hour yesterday afternoon. They were able to get our neighborhood up and running during the storm.
Steve williams October 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Perhaps,the fact that we have had almost seamless coordination with the state,FEMA, and other jurisdictions that has kept all of us safe with the exception of a few tragic deaths,that we pray for,due to unprecedented preparation,has you upset. Yes,your dog fluffy is important to you but I think the County is more worried about your safety first. Animals somehow seem to have better survival skills. So why not try something new and praise our local gov't for being out front of this storm,making critical and timely decisions that have made us all safer. It 's time to admit they did a great job.And thanks to all of the first responders and folks behind the desks that have worked incredibly long hours keeping us safe.
PerryHallParent October 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM
All shelters should not accept pets. There should be shelters designated to take them. Despite the fact that pets are a part of the family, there are some people with very strong allergies to them and can't be around them. I have a child who breaks out in hives and has difficulty breathing around cats. Perhaps all shelters could accept them if the animals are kept in a separately vented area of the building.
Lois October 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I agree that everyones safety is first, I just spent 2 nights at the hospital working to ensure the safety of our patients. I think the gov't did an excellent job. I still think there should be more shelters where people can take their animals with them. They certaintly should have learned something from Katrina. By the way, I rescue animals and they deserve to be safe also.
Joe October 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM
"ust look what they were faced with. They handled it with aplomb." As if it is all over right Steve? People still dying and you think its all over.
Steve October 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
The weather event is over and that's a fact Jack......
Buzz Beeler November 01, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I don't think NY and NJ would say it's over Steve. For the most part although many suffered in MD, we dodged a bullet. There are over 55 families who lost loved ones and every thing they owned in the storm and that Steve is "a fact Jack ..." I had to quote you because I not that crude or rude. For one that tries so hard to be something they aren't, INTELLIGENT, your doing a fine job! I would say you rank in the top ten on Patch for being in a special group they have schools for.
FIFA November 01, 2012 at 01:25 AM
And people died all over the world today Buzz. You are a pathetic selfish individual that needs to take a look at himself and realize whet he is, a blimp.Stop hurting yourself patting your back. Your bragging about yourself is old.
Steve November 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"Special Group they have schools for." What do you mean by that Dumbo? Do you have a problem with Special Needs Children?
Steve November 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
The faster they institutionalize you the better the World will be. Hopefully, your family and friends (if you have any) can do an intervention.
Buzz Beeler November 01, 2012 at 03:15 AM
FiFA or whatever you or it are, people dieing all over the world makes Steve's or your remark OK regarding the storm deaths? Tell that to the families or the ones that lost everything. "People dieing all over the world" reminds me of sever others who felt the same way. I think they call them despots among other things. I feel like I'm dealing with kids that need a baby sitter and a special classroom. What is a "whet"? I know who I am. Look right above comment and you'll see my name then you can Google it. It might be tough but you and Steve get together and figure it out.
Buzz Beeler November 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Steve, since your last several comments were rather off the mark I was offering my assistance to you in making a recommendation. There is help available at any age level and you don't have to pay for it. Why are you replying to FIFA? I thought you were all the same cons.
Buzz Beeler November 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Steve, any info on KK on where seniors could get help. Any info on phone numbers, shelters, food, medicine, national guard, transportation, flooding, insurance information, how are the invalid going to survive. Not enough time in a news conference to cover those and many more topics in one article or news conference. What about those who do not read Patch. I saw little in the Sun from KK and nothing on the news. Heard plenty on the guns in the schools for days and days. New technology training etc. Non stop coverage on all the local news stations on that. Nothing from the county and even friends asked me why. Did get a couple of robo calls but not from the county. Hear anything from the council? Nope! Sad state of affairs in a historical event and yes I lost power.
Steve November 01, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Put down the bottle Road Rage Master.
Buzz Beeler November 01, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Then grow up and act like a adult human being and stop trying to compete with me. Lear to respect others and people will return same. Stop trying to come off like some wiseguy. I don't drink and only God knows what your cooking?
Joe November 01, 2012 at 01:55 PM
The weather is over but the incident is on going. Will be for months. We can only THEN judge how Obama and team handled it right? Steve, tell these people the event is over fool! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226164/Hurricane-Sandy-victims-Ella-Norris-89-dies-daughters-arms-water-fills-Staten-Island-home.html

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