June 2024 Newsletter Now Available

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The June edition of the Maryland VOAD Newsletter is now available. Find it here and sign up to receive additional newsletters each month to your inbox.

Do you have an update, event, or announcement to share with the rest of Maryland VOAD? Send your information and pictures to CommunicationsCoordinator@MarylandVOAD.org to be shared on our social media or by the 25th of each month to be included in the next newsletter issue.

Missed last month’s Newsletter? Find it here!

Check out the upcoming events below:

DATESConference or Training EventLocation and Registration
Date varies by location
Central MD American Red Cross TrainingSchedule and Registration
June 5, 2024Whole Community Integration
Summit (MDEM)
Sheraton Baltimore North (Towson)
Join the Waiting List
June 8 & 9, 2024Baltimore City OEM CERT TrainingBaltimore Fire Academy6720 Pulaski Highway
Baltimore MD 21257
Details and Registration
June 10, 2024Maryland VOAD Quarterly MeetingView More
June 10, 2024Maryland VOAD 2024
Annual Meeting
View More
May 19-22, 2025
2025 National VOAD ConferenceThe Galt House
Louisville, KY

Event Calendar

Maryland VOAD member, National Disaster Response Agency, is recruiting for up to four (4) new members.

National Disaster Response Agency is a pre-disaster team that deploys under federal, state, local or USAR team through a MOU provided for the duration of deployment. Individuals are deployed and staged before the storm and are one of the first to go out when it is safe to begin rescue.

Team members are compensated after a two deployment trial. Membership on this dynamic team requires physically fit individuals to clear the board and to complete the team certifications.

Contact Field Operations Supervisor, Captain Mike Ziolkowski for more information.

Capt. Michael Ziolkowski
National Disaster Response Agency
Field Operations Supervisor
Cell (716) 579-6128

24 Hour Activation Hotline:
866-217-5777 | support@itdrc.org

General Inquiries:
817-886-8550 | info@itdrc.org

Region 3/Maryland Contact:
Brandon Trask
MD State Coordinator
503-729-9753 | btrask@itdrc.org
Maryland VOAD proudly announces membership of Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), a nationwide, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, that assists communities with technology continuity and recovery after catastrophic events. Specializing in providing emergency communications, surge technology assets, and a roster of qualified technical resources aimed to connect survivors and responders during disasters.

A small sample of offerings include:
Network Infrastructure and WiFi Connectivity
Internet connectivity through VSAT, Broadband, and/or Cellular Call Centers
Charging Stations
LMR Radios and Repeaters
Technical and Communications Support

National VOAD Innovative Program of the Year

National VOAD awards recognize organizational and individual excellence and contributions that reflect “the best of the best” in service and support within the entire VOAD movement.

The Innovation Award is given to one local, regional, state or territory VOAD or a VOAD member organization in good standing, nominated by their peers, for exceptional innovation or ingenuity through the development and implementation of a program or project that has: provided a long‐term solution to a specific community’s problem utilizing one of the core four C’s of National VOAD; or created a unique project or program that filled a gap or unmet need in a community in preparing for, responding to, and/or recovering from disasters that positively impacted the lives of victims and could be replicated as a model for other communities.

As reported last month, Maryland VOAD and the Eastern Shore Long Term Recovery Committee received National VOAD’s Innovative Program of the Year Award. Pictured here is Pastor Phil receiving the award on behalf of Maryland VOAD and the ESLTRC with April Wood (President and CEO of National VOAD, and Elizabeth Disco-Shearer (Chair, NVOAD Board of Directors).

The Innovative Program of the Year Award is award to an organization within National VOAD “for exceptional innovation or ingenuity through the development and implementation of a program or project that has provided a long‐term solution to a specific community’s problem.” The innovations sited for reception of this award include:

  • Combining a mitigation component to the long-term recovery response—not just repairing homes but elevating them two feet above the 100-year flood plain anticipated levels.
  • Forming a Blue Ribbon Mitigation Task Group of over 50 people from environmental groups, universities, state, county, municipal and federal agencies and National VOAD member groups to provide support and to assist in the raising the $6 million needed to complete the project.
  • Using VOAD member volunteers to assist with the elevation of the homes. (Previously, the entire elevation process was contracted out.) Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is partnering with us by taking the lead in the construction process. In elevating the first two homes with volunteer labor, we have seen a cost savings of $35,000 for each home.
  • Partnering with coastal universities to do a research project alongside of the elevation project to demonstrate its worth to other coastal communities, allow them to understand the components for doing such a project and offering this as an alternative to other strategies used within coastal communities.

In his remarks while receiving the award, Pastor Phil said, “With the increased number and intensity of storms, and the proclivity for significant levels of tidal flooding in the communities of Somerset and Dorchester counties, it was imperative that ESLTRC, with the support of Maryland VOAD, draw different conclusions, and chose a different path forward in the long-term recovery process.”

About Us

One of the goals of Maryland VOAD is to engage with local and state partners to build relationships and raise awareness of what we can do to support in their jurisdiction. One of the ways we can do that is to have a presence at the upcoming Maryland Emergency Management Association Symposium in Ocean City.

Maryland VOAD will be staffing a table at this event and is looking for members to attend and engage as a representative. Can your organization have someone present for one of these days? Let Pastor Phil know.

2024 Emergency Management & Homeland Security Symposium

Register Today!!!

Upcoming Events

T-Mobile is accepting Q2 2024 applications for its Hometown Grants program through which it will invest $25 million in 500 small towns over five years to jumpstart shovel ready projects that foster local connections, like technology upgrades, outdoor spaces, and the arts to build stronger communities.

Elected officials, town managers/employees, tribal leaders, or nonprofit community leaders from small towns with population less than 50,000 can apply.

Applications for Q2 2024 (April 1 – June 30, 2024) will be accepted through July 1, 2024. Create an account and apply here.

Tool Trailer photo

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 chairperson@marylandvoad.org.

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

Maryland Department of Emergency Management Announces the 2024 Whole Community Integration Summit

Rooted and Ready: A Whole Community Approach

Thursday, June 5, 2024 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

View other upcoming events.


This year, Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEMA) is proud to announce the rebranding of the symposium! With this transition, there is the adoption of a more inclusive approach that embraces the dynamic landscape of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Please click here to complete the Symposium Proposal form. Submission deadline is March 9, 2024.

For any questions, please contact Kasey Thomas, MDEMA Education Committee Chair, at Education@marylandema.org.

For additional symposium information, click here.