April | 2024

In This Issue

  • Francis Scott Key Bridge - Maryland VOAD Coordinates!
  • Mid-Atlantic VOAD Conference - April 8 & 9, 2024
  • MDEMA Whole Community Integration Summit - April 11, 2024
  • Annapolis - Anne Arundel Basic CERT Training
  • Maryland VOAD Call for Nominations
  • Community Support Campaign - Equip the Tool Trailer

April Supplement to follow:

  • Q2 Meeting Host Needed - June 10, 2024
  • Salvation Army - Maryland VOAD Collaborates!
  • Welcome New Member - Information Technology Disaster Resource Center
  • Eastern Shore Long Term Recovery - Adopt A Home Program
  • National Disaster Response Agency Recruitment
  • Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Quarter II Training Opportunities
  • Eastern Shore Long Term Recovery Updates
  • MDEMA 2024 Symposium Call for Volunteers
  • FEMA & National VOAD Partnership Month (April)
  • Upcoming Events
  • Facebook page

FSKB Collapse: Maryland VOAD is there!

Maryland VOAD has been approached by the chaplains at the Baltimore International Seafarers Center to coordinate support for the 180+ sailors who are stuck at the Port of Baltimore until the channel has been cleared for ship traffic.  

The amount of time the assistance in needed is unknown so we are asking our members to donate funds to ensure we positioned to fill unmet needs as identified..

MINUTES from the Maryland VOAD Coordination Call.

Conference Agenda
Conference Brochure

Meet Our Keynote Speaker - Christopher Gloninger

Christopher Gloninger, Senior Scientist in Climate and Risk Communication at Woods Hole Group in Bourne, MA. Chris' presentations include:

Science and Facts Behind the “Why” (that is, “Why” are we having storms with greater intensity and frequency?) and,

 “Keeping Up with a Warming World.” The goal of the presentations is to help the VOAD community better understand the science behind these storms and explore strategies to better respond to them. 

Maryland Department of Emergency Management Announces the

2024 Whole Community Integration Summit

Rooted and Ready: A Whole Community Approach

Thursday, April 11, 2024

8am - 4:30pm

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel: 903 Dulaney Valley Road (Towson, MD)

This daylong event will be filled with information and engagement as we examine trends, threats, and technology in partnerships and preparedness as we look at the year ahead.

 Register now to secure your spot and join us in shaping a resilient Maryland, where communities thrive.

Anne Arundel - Annapolis CERT Spring Training

Volunteer to become a trained member of your community in emergency response. 


This 20-hour in person CERT Basic training will be held: 

Friday, April 26 from 6pm-9pm,

Sat., April 27 from 8am-5pm, and

Sun., April 28 from 8am-4pm

Location: Fire Training Academy, 415 Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville.

May 5 @ 1pm - 5pm - come back for the simulation at the same location.


Everyone completing the course receives a nationally recognized certification and the opportunity to join AAACERT as a member.  

Visit for more information. 

Questions, contact


Are you interested to serve in a leadership role with Maryland VOAD?

Do you know someone that would be an asset to this dynamic team?

Now is the time to let us know.

If you, or someone you know, is interested to support the work of Maryland VOAD, please submit their name to the Nominations Committee for consideration.

Direct questions and submissions to Burton Goldstein, Nominations Committee Chair, at

Due by COB May 10, 2024

Can you help equip our new tool trailer?

Our Community Support Campaign to purchase high quality tools that will be used by our volunteer work crews is underway. Maryland VOAD members have hosted the trailer on their property to support invitations for their members, family, friends and neighbors to get involved.

Host the trailer at your location, by emailing

Visit the website for the tools list and to find out others ways to support the Community Support Campaign.


Conference or Training


Location and Registration


Date varies by location

Central MD American Red Cross Training

Schedule and Registration

March 1 - 3, 2024

Annapolis-Anne Arundel Basic CERT Training

Details and Registration

April 2 - 30, 2024

(Tuesday only)

Caring in Crisis: Effective Interventions

Schedule coming soon! Registration

April 8 & 9, 2024

Mid-Atlantic VOAD


Cacapon State Park,

Berkley Springs, WV


April 11, 2024

Whole Community Integration Summit (MDEM)

Get your free ticket

April 26 - 28, 2024

Annapolis-Anne Arundel Basic CERT Training

Details and Registration

May 6 - 9,2024

2024 National VOAD


Hilton Phoenix Resort @ the Peak

Phoenix, AZ

May 28 - 31, 2024

MDEMA 2024 Symposium

Ashore Resort & Beach

OceanCity, MD

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