2014 Hurricane Season Predictions and Preparation

huricane prepHurricane season is upon us. Are you prepared for natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires? More than 85% of Americans aren’t. 

Residents of coastal areas will be relieved to hear that top forecasters from Colorado State University predict another quiet hurricane season in 2014, suggesting that nine tropical storms will form, but only 3 will become hurricanes. The first named storms of the Atlantic hurricane season will be Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly and Edouard.

Colorado State’s team predicts a 35% chance of a major hurricane making landfall on U.S. Coast. In the East Coast, including Florida, the chance is only 20%, and only 19% for the Gulf Coast.

But don’t put away your hurricane emergency stockpile just yet! This year’s forecast follows two consecutive years of unsuccessful predictions. Last year, only two of the nine predicted hurricanes ended up forming, and in 2012, the number of hurricanes doubled how many were predicted.

Hurricane Preparedness Plan and Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Some basic questions you need to ask yourself as you begin to prepare for a hurricane are:

If you plan on taking the “hunker down” approach to hurricane preparedness, you’ll need enough food, water and supplies to last you and your family at bare minimum, for 72 hours. Let me repeat, this is a minimum amount of supplies. I’d plan for longer. After Hurricane Ike, there were some parts of the Houston area that were without power for up to three weeks (more in some places). Watch this video for a look at what you’ll need.

Fema has a great recommended supplies list on their website. They stress the following to ensure disaster preparedness in the event of any contingency:

  • Build a kit: get all of your survival gear together.
  • Make a plan: know where to go and when to go.
  • Be informed: know you’re risk and follow developments.
  • Get involved: be active in your and your community’s disaster preparedness

Ensure that you and your family are prepared, and avoid making one of our 5 deadliest hurricane mistakes. Get all of the hurricane information you can to ensure that you will be staying safe during a hurricane. For more up to date information on hurricane preparedness, visit our Hurricane Faq page, and learn about other hurricane dangers in Hurricane Spawned Tornadoes.

Also, be sure to check Fema’s community and state information site for local updates and alerts.

 For more information visit the National Hurricane Center’s website


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Summer Youth Volunteering Opportunities

Children of all ages grasp the idea of helping others, like “help mommy pick up toys” or “please help your granddad rake the leaves.” When people outside your family need help, kids understand that too. Maybe they heard about families who lost their belongings in a flood, or maybe their school collects gifts during the holidays for impoverished kids.

These are great opportunities to talk to your child about volunteering and how you, as a family, can help make the world a better place!

Want to help your family prepare for volunteering?

Sit together and talk about these questions.

What interests us? What do we care about most?

What do we like to do?

What skills and talents can we offer?

What projects would be suitable for all our family members?

How much time do we have?


Use our Youth Volunteer Guide as a resource to find local organizations in need of volunteer’s age 6 and up

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Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair


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Governor Martin O’Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair on August 24, 2014. The Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the Governor’s office on Service and Volunteerism and the Maryland State Fair.  All volunteers, friends, and family are welcome!

Click here for more information


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Nominations for the 15th Annual Honor Rows Program


The Baltimore Ravens, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, and M&T Bank invite you to submit a nomination for the 15th Annual Honor Rows program.

The Honor Rows program honors youth groups or youth organizations that provide outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Winning groups will receive up to 100 tickets to a game, Honor Rows t-shirts for all participants, a pre-game on-field visit and official in-game recognition on the RavensVision screens. In addition, the Ravens’ broadcast partner, WBAL-TV, will feature each group during a telecast every Thursday prior to a home game.

Click here for more information about this great resource in the community.


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Governors Service Awards Deadline Extended to June 18th

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2014 Governor’s Service Awards – June 18 Deadline Extension

Thank you to those of you who have already submitted nominations! We have received a lot of strong nominations and are looking forward to having our peer reviewers choose the recipients for this year’s categories. Unfortunately, we had some low numbers in a few of our categories. Therefore, we are extending the due date until June 18 for the following categories:
National Service Participant
AmeriCorps Alum
Community of Service
Service Learning Teacher
Exemplary Service Learning

Review the nomination guidelines here:

www.gosv.maryland.gov/2014ServiceAwards.html .

Submit your nominations here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/MDServiceAwards2014.

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Last Call for Nominations for thr 2014 Governor’s Service Awards

Last Call for Nominations!
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Nominations Due Tomorrow June 10, 2014
Governor Martin O’Malley invites nominations for the 204 Governor’s Service Awards. The awards will be presented by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and recognize Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions to the life and health of the State and its people.

Nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Service Awards should represent outstanding volunteer service occurring in 2013, unless competing for a lifetime achievement award. Service must be performed outside of the context of the nominee’s paid employment and those who have been awarded since 2009 are ineligible for consideration.


The 2014 Governor’s Service Award Categories:

Youth Group/Team
Individual National Volunteer Program
Lifetime Achievement Corporate/Business
National Service Participant Community of Service
AmeriCorps Alum Service-Learning Teacher
Faith-Based Exemplary Service Learning

  Submit a Nomination!

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COVAAC Annual Luncheon and Professional Development Workshop


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