LA PLATA, Md. - As part of the Charles County Sheriffs Offices ongoing homeland security efforts, the Charles County Homeland Security Alliance (CCHSA) will conduct an infrastructure survey to provide data for the Maryland Virtual Emergency Response System (MVERS).
The survey is funded by the $20,000 the Sheriffs Office received as part of the 2005 Law Enforcement Terrorism Protection Plan, a federal homeland security grant distributed first to each state and then to local law enforcement. Sheriff Frederick E. Davis, Capt. F. Michael Wyant, commander of the Support Services Division, and Lt. Christopher Becker, commander of the Homeland Security and Intelligence Section, gathered to thank the CCHSAs Roger Kraus, Carlos Montague, Dennis Chappell and William Walker on Nov. 21 at the Sheriffs Headquarters in La Plata.
MVERS is a joint effort developed by the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Its mission is to enhance the communication and coordinated response capabilities of public safety, public health and educational professionals in Maryland during natural or man-made emergencies by providing quick and easy access to important information electronically. The CCHSA survey will provide critical information to Charles Countys emergency responders about public and private facilities in our community and their infrastructure.
This project will identify the resources in our community that will help emergency responders in the event of a critical incident, said Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis. Although the project primarily serves to enhance our homeland security efforts, the information we gather as a result will be useful in the event of any type of large-scale emergency.
The CCHSA is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a clearinghouse to match Homeland Security requirements with Charles County business, government and academia capabilities to provide Homeland Security products and processes. For more information about CCHSA, visit http://www.cc-hsa.org or call 301-392-9009.