|Summer Session Schedule|
|Dates||July: 16, 18, 20, 23, 27, 30
August: 1, 3
|Time||6:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
|Location||110 Vincit Street
Centreville, MD 21617
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 17 Symphony Village residents were given a tour of the Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Center.
Thanks to QAC DES Director Scott Haas and Joe Cichocki for presenting the tour
The 911 Center handles over 90,000 calls per year. Their systems are compatible and interoperable with all Eastern Shore centers. The current system can locate a caller to within several hundred feet, but an upgraded system scheduled for installation within the year will be able to locate a caller to within a few feet.
The EOC is a secure facility designated as the hub for emergency response coordination in Queen Anne’s County.
The EOC is activated when the demand on emergency resources requires additional support. Upon activation, the County notifies key personnel from every affected department to respond to the designated EOC. These key personnel from up to 20 organizations are involved in the decision-making process that will enhance delivery of emergency response to all of the citizens.
The recently renovated EOC contains large interchangeable displays, flexible communications interfaces, and wireless control of display functions. As organizations join the EOC, they plug their own phones into the EOC communications hub which has priority over any communications within the County. There is a kitchen and bunkbeds available so that personnel can stay at the EOC for the duration of any emergency.
When the EOC is activated, an Incident Commander (IC) oversees the operation of the center. The IC is selected based on who has the most experience and is most qualified for the particular emergency being handled.
If the EOC is damaged, there is also a mobile capability. In addition, any of the Eastern Shore EOCs can substitute of each other if necessary.
Opioids include strong prescription pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and tramadol. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. Heroin and opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions in this country resulting in rising numbers of fatal overdoses. So far this year in Queen Anne's county there have been 100 overdoses and 13 drug related deaths. At the same time last year there were 68 overdoses and 5 deaths.
Cheap, potent, heroin is flooding across our borders. The most common local sources are in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Middletown, DE. There is no common profile for an opiate user and it affects all walks of life.
Naloxone (trade name NARCAN) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescrip-tion opioid pain medications. It is available without a prescription and is carried by all law enforcement personnel in Queen Anne's County. Sheriff Hofmann and most of his officers have experience in "bringing someone back to life" using NARCAN.