Mid-Atlantic VOAD Conference

The Mid-Atlantic Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV) in partnership with FEMA Region III invite you to their inaugural conference, which will be held at Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge, WV, from noon on April 8 to noon on April 9, 2024.  The theme is: “Understanding the science and effectively responding to the increasing number of undeclared disasters?”  The conference will explore the science and data behind the increased frequency and intensity of storms and how we can effectively respond to the number of disasters that fail to qualify for a federal declaration.

The Keynote Speaker will be Christopher Gloninger, Senior Scientist in Climate and Risk Communication at Woods Hole Group in Bourne, MA. 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 will make two keynote presentations: 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. Learn more about Chris and his work.

    Click here for the conference brochure which includes more information about the conference, the conference schedule, and Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge (location, amenities, and room rates).

    Individuals need to make their own lodging reservations by calling (304) 258-1022. (Code: VOAD). See the Conference Brochure for more information on the lodging.

    If you are interested in being a conference sponsor, please click here.