Regional Conference by the Mid-Atlantic VOAD

April 8-9, 2024 | Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

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The Mid-Atlantic Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (DC VOAD, DE VOAD, MD VOAD, PA VOAD, VA VOAD and WV VOAD) in partnership with FEMA Region III, invite you to join us for our inaugural conference. The theme of this year’s conference is:

Impacts and Implications of a Warming World: Urgency Within the VOAD Movement

The conference will explore the climatology and metrological science and data that provide insight into the increased frequency and intensity of storms and will examine how the VOAD member organizations can effectively respond to the increasing number of disasters that fail to qualify for a federal disaster declaration.

Conference Date and Location: The conference will be held from noon on April 8 to noon on April 9, 2024, at the Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

Getting There: You can get to Berkeley Springs from several major metropolitan cities in less than a tank of gas. Approximate distances are Baltimore – 100 miles; Washington, DC – 100 miles; Pittsburgh – 150 miles; Philadelphia – 165 miles; Richmond – 180 miles.

Conference Fee: $130, includes conference registration as well as lunch, break, and dinner on Monday and breakfast and break on Tuesday. Spouses/significant others are welcome to participate in meals. Purchase a meals-only ticket online during registration.

Registration is closed.

Questions: Should you have any questions, please contact Bruce Morgenstern, Conference Registration Committee, at

To view the full conference brochure, which includes the schedule, conference sponsorship, and lodging information, click HERE.

Click here for the Conference Agenda.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker – Christopher Gloninger

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Gloninger, Senior Scientist in Climate and Risk Communication at Woods Hole Group in Bourne, MA, will be this year’s keynote speaker for the Mid-Atlantic VOAD Regional Conference.

Photo of keynote speaker Chris Gloninger for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in April 2024

Chris will present on our theme: Impacts and Implications of a Warming World: Urgency Within the VOAD Movement

At Woods Hole, Chris provides guidance and direction on technical needs and approaches relating to analysis of meteorology and climate data, coastal and climate related hazards, emergency management, community engagement and risk communication.

Chris’ presentations are:
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.

Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
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