Hurricane Irene may be long gone, but Maryland will keep its emergency operations center activated through the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Tuesday at the outset of a closed-door briefing by analysts from the Baltimore field office of the FBI.
O’Malley said the state had received no credible or specific threat, but that it was logical for governments at all levels to remain at a heightened state of alert ahead of the high-profile anniversary.
The governor also asked residents to remain vigilant. “If you see something, say something,” he said.
Most of O’Malley’s Cabinet was present for the briefing. Before reporters were escorted from the room, a slide showed the presentation was focused on the FBI’s “posture” heading into the anniversary.
O’Malley also received an update from his administration on the recovery after Irene.
Recently appointed Insurance Commissioner Therese Goldsmith said the state had received notice of approximately 35,000 insurance claims having been filed related to storm damage. About 32,000 of those were homeowner’s claims, she said.