MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
May | 2021
In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Maryland VOAD Annual Meeting - June 14, 2021
  • Greenbelt Community Vaccination Center Closing
  • Prince George's County Recovery Needs
  • Six Flags Mass Vaccination Site Donation
  • National VOAD Conference 2022 in Baltimore & New Video
  • Other Opportunities and Resources
Upcoming Maryland VOAD Annual Meeting
Dial-in Information
Monday, June 14, 2021
10:00AM-2:00PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 940 8443 4952
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Please review the following documents at the link above prior to the meeting:
  • June 14, 2021 Annual Meeting Agenda
  • March 8, 2021 Q3 Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Nominations Committee Report - with nomination slate for the Board of Director elections
  • Proposed 2022 Budget
Greenbelt Community Vaccination Center Closure
Maryland VOAD will soon complete the scheduled volunteer need at the Greenbelt Community Vaccination Center (CVC) where we have worked in partnership with FEMA. The CVC has been open 7 days a week since it began the first full week of April and will end June 1. Thank you to all those who have supported this huge collaborative effort to more quickly get Maryland residents vaccinated!

Photo: Volunteers receive orientation at the Greenbelt Vaccination Center. Photo Courtesy of Joe Basham, FEMA.
Help Still Needed in PG County Flood Response
Residents in Prince George's (PG) County are still in need of help to recover from the September 10, 2020 flooding.

How to Volunteer
Volunteers and work groups can sign up by contacting Kim Hopkins (kimberly.hopkins@yahoo.com; (340) 643-7516) or on the DART website. Once there, sign up under Individual Registration by clicking "Volunteer". During the registration process you will have the option to also register as a group.

Ways to Provide Funding
Funding can be by check to Maryland VOAD, c/o Bruce Morgenstern, 1911 Hunt Meadow Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403. Electronic funds can be sent via Paypal at this link.

Photo: Islamic Relief USA and Brethren Disaster Ministries volunteers repairing dry wall in PG County in May. Photo courtesy of Gihan Ahmed, Islamic Relief USA.
Six Flags Vaccination Center Donation
Maryland VOAD received a donation that supplied pizza to the Six Flags Mass Vaccination Center on May 10, 2021. Pizza was provided and delivered by Potomac Pizza for the 260 individuals working at the center.

Photo: Pizza delivery at the Six Flags Vaccination Center with Adam Greenberg of Potomac Pizza (center)  and Shellie and Burton Goldberg (right). Photo Courtesy of Burton Goldstein.
Other Opportunities & Resources
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.

Community Resilience Estimates Course - June 01, 2021 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Community resilience is the capacity of individuals and households to absorb, endure, and recover from the health, social, and economic impacts of a disaster such as a hurricane or pandemic. This webinar will introduce attendees to the CRE, explain how it promotes equitable distribution of federal and state resources and funding, and show how to identify at risk neighborhoods in their community.

Guides to Expanding Mitigation in Public Health Webinar - June 2, 2021
FEMA will present this webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 12 to 12:30 PM ET. This webinar will take a look at how to expand the reach of mitigation activities with insights from public health experts. Public health efforts to prevent disease, protect against hazards, respond to disasters, and more overlap with hazard mitigation work. Learn how collaboration between the fields improves community resilience. Register here.

Mass Fatalities Planning and Response for Rural Communities Course - June 12 & 13, 2021
The goal of this 8-hour course (AWR-232) is to teach participants the basics of mass fatality response while providing opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brain storm solutions to simulated emergencies. The sponsor agency is MD VOAD member U.S Veteran Reserve Corp. Registration deadline is June 10, 2021.

COVID-19 + Resilience: Symposium on Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Care Discoveries in a Pandemic
Vibrant’s Crisis Emotional Care Team will host a symposium on June 16 & 17, 2021. The virtual symposium will feature key learnings from COVID-19 and will highlight how organizations can continue to advocate for the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of others in the face of the ongoing effects of this pandemic. Register here now.  For more information about the Crisis Emotional Care Team, please visit www.vibrant.org/cect

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
In just the first two weeks of the program, the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program has over 142,000 registered applicants. While the process from call in-take to ensuring accurate documentation is received is a slow, FEMA has reimbursed over 150 eligible applicants with more then $1 million dollars in assistance. Additionally, a new ALS version of the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program Video is available on the website. There are also new posters from FEMA in English and Spanish available to share.
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