September | 2023

In This Issue:

  • Quarterly Meeting - September 11th @ 10am
  • Vacation Notice: Pastor Phil, Maryland VOAD Chair
  • Hurricane Season Activity Prediction Update
  • Severe Weather Monitoring
  • Rural Disaster Preparedness Consortium Training
  • Baltimore City Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Comment Period
  • Eastern Shore Long Term Recovery Updates
  • Shelter & Services Program Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • DHS Partnership Center
  • Local Volunteer and Donations Management Training
  • Children's Disaster Services Volunteer Workshop
  • FEMA Coffee Break webinar series
  • Facebook page

Quarterly Meeting - September 11, 2023 @ 10am

Anne Arundel County, Office of Emergency Management, 7480 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Glen Burnie will host the September meeting.


The building entrance is on Baltimore--Annapolis Blvd. When entering, the building is secure, so there will be someone present to let you in. Parking is free in the adjacent garage.

If you arrive late, there is a “doorbell”, or text Bruce Morgenstern at 410-353-7218.

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RSVP & Tell Your Story

Anne Arundel County OEM will provide lunch. Please RSVP if you plan to attend in person and indicate special dietary needs. Your RSVP ensures the food ordered is sufficient for all attendees.

Tell Your Story - We will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by reviewing the ways we, as a VOAD community, responded to this significant event in the history of our country. We invite our member and partner organizations to “tell your story of 9/11.” Your presentation should be 5 minutes or less. We realize that “how” you responded may include actions of your national organization. 


RSVP for both lunch and an opportunity to share your 9/11 story by midday on Friday, September 8th. RSVP to Bruce at

Vacation Notice

Pastor Phil, Maryland VOAD Chairperson, is on vacation Sept 4 to Oct 7.

If you need assistance with an unmet need or questions about Maryland VOAD contact Christina Harris, Maryland VOAD, Vice-Chairperson. 

Christina is a teacher and has returned to school. If there is an immediate need and you cannot connect with her (please send her a text rather than leave a message), Bruce Morgenstern, Maryland VOAD Treasurer will be the person to call. 

 If resources are needed from the Maryland Department of Emergency Management or the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Emergency Operations, submit that request through Christina or Bruce.

If an event happens, and you are in touch with the Emergency Manager or Office of Emergency Management in the affected County, please make sure they know to contact Christina or Bruce if assistance from Maryland VOAD is needed.


Christina Harris (Disaster Response Lead)

Vice-Chairperson, MD VOAD

(804) 539-2670


Bruce Morgenstern (Disaster Response Back-up)

Treasurer, MD VOAD

(410) 353-7218


Erika Summers (MDEM)

Thank you for your support of Maryland VOAD.


Best wishes in your new position.

Hurricane season activity prediction up 60%

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is well underway, and the NWS Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has issued the annual mid-season update to the original outlook issued in May. As of the August 2023 update, CPC forecasters have increased their prediction for the ongoing season to an above-average level of activity. The likelihood of an above-average 2023 Atlantic hurricane season has doubled to 60% 

Severe weather monitoring

Given the risk for severe storms, forecasters are advising the public to pay attention to weather details as the day progresses and sign up for weather alerts.

  • Monitor the weather through the U.S. National Weather Service:
  • Monitor road conditions via the Maryland Department of Transportation 511 and CHARTWeb:
  • Monitor power outages through the MdReady installable app and website:

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium invites you to request the free MGT-415: Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities course.


This 8-hour awareness-level, course is designed to prepare rural first responders and officials with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities to manage a mass fatality incident impacting their jurisdiction. This course may be delivered locally, in person, or virtually via ZOOM at no cost to participants or local hosts. Training benefits those working in law enforcement, healthcare, emergency management and more. Request the course here.


Contact Dan Charles if you have questions.

Baltimore City Hazard Mitigation Plan

Public Comment Period

The Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) is Baltimore’s combined hazard mitigation plan and climate adaptation plan. After an extensive stakeholder engagement + technical analysis process, the Draft 2023 DP3 Update is ready for public comment.

The DP3 is a plan that fulfills Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements to update Baltimore City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan every 5 years to maintain eligibility for certain pre-disaster mitigation and post-disaster recovery funds. This funding, in addition to other funding sources, supports the implementation of the strategies and actions identified in the plan to help Baltimore become more resilient to disasters.

Eastern Shore Long Term Recovery Updates

The Easter Shore Long Term Recovery Committee together with our partner organizations have been able to assist 16 families in Somerset and Dorchester Counties with assistance from damages caused by the tidal flooding that occurred on October 29th, 2021. Assistance ranged from providing emergency heater and appliance replacements, repairing floor joists, installing new flooring, drywall, and kitchen cabinets.

In addition to the repair work, demolition of damaged homes and the construction of new homes continue in Somerset County. On June 8th the new home dedication and blessings ceremonies were celebrated for two families. The job cards and partner agreements have been signed for both house #9 and #10.

Two lots in Crisfield have been donated by the City of Crisfield to the ESLTRC. One lot has already been assigned to an approved client for a 3-bedroom, 2 bath home to be built. Mennonite Disaster Service has already demolished the derelict structures on both properties and construction is ready to begin in the very near future.

Shelter and Services Program Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) announces the release of the amended FY 2023 Shelter and Services Program (SSP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The FY 2023 SSP makes federal funds available to enable non-federal entities to offset allowable costs incurred for services associated with noncitizen migrant arrivals in their communities. The intent of SSP is to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the safe, orderly, and humane release of noncitizen migrants from short-term holding facilities.

Applicants identified in the amended FY 2023 SSP NOFO are the only entities eligible to submit SSP applications to DHS/FEMA, including those applications submitted on behalf of eligible subapplicants. Funding will prioritize primary services and then secondary services as defined in the amended FY 2023 SSP NOFO and can only be used for services for noncitizen migrants within 45 days of their release from DHS. FY 2023 federal assistance and may be found online at and at $291,040,000 was available during this first tranche of funding and $77,303,863 is being made available with this amended NOFO.

Any questions regarding the FY 2023 SSP may be directed to or to FEMA Grants News at or (800) 368-6498,

The DHS Partnership Center

The DHS Partnership Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, DHS and FEMA for faith and community-based organizations related to all-hazards preparedness, emergency and disaster response and recovery, safety, security, and human trafficking.

The DHS Partnerships Center offers a variety of resources to the public at The DHS Partnerships Center does not endorse any non-governmental organizations, entities or services.


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Children’s Disaster Services Volunteer Workshop

Bridgewater, Virginia

October 20-21, 2023

Friday 4:30pm-Saturday 5:00 PM

At Bridgewater Church of the Brethren

420 College View Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812


Conducting a Risk Assessment

November 8, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 Visit to Register and get more information.

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