What We Do

"Expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management"

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management.

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What are the Five Mission Areas?

  1. Prevention

    Prevention involves the capabilities needed to avoid, prevent or stop an act of terrorism. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, forensics and attribution, intelligence and information sharing, interdiction and disruption, and screening, search and detection.

    Mission 01
  2. Protection

    The Protection Framework involves the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, access control and identity verification, cybersecurity, intelligence and information sharing, interdiction and disruption, physical protective measures, risk management for protection programs and activities, screening, search and detection, and supply chain integrity and security.

    Mission 02
  3. Mitigation

    Mitigation involves the capabilities necessary to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, community resilience, long-term vulnerability reduction, risk and disaster resilience assessment, and threats and hazards identification.

    Mission 03
  4. Response

    Response involves the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an event has occurred. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, critical transportation, environmental response/health and safety, fatality management services, fire management and suppression, logistics and supply chain management, infrastructure systems, mass care services, mass search and rescue operations, on-scene security, protection and law enforcement, operational communications, public health, healthcare, and medical services, and situational assessment.

    Mission 04
  5. Recovery

    Recovery involves the core capabilities necessary to help communities affected by an emergency to recover effectively. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, economic recovery, health and social services, housing, infrastructure systems, and natural and cultural resources.

    Mission 05

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Get to know our Leadership

Jeffrey D. Stern

Jeffrey D. Stern

State Coordinator of Emergency Management

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Brett Burdick

Brett Burdick

Chief Deputy State Coordinator

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Susan Mongold

Susan Mongold

Deputy State Coordinator for Mission Support

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Michelle Oblinsky

Michelle Oblinsky

Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) Director

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Jack King

Jack King

Director of Regional Support East Division

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Ted Costin

Ted Costin

Director of Regional Support West Division

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Rex Pyle

Rex Pyle

Chief Information Officer

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Ed Porner

Ed Porner

Director of the Recovery and Resilience Division

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Bill Mahoney

Bill Mahoney

Director, Planning Division

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VDEM Reorganization

Recently VDEM underwent a significant shift in focus, both internally and externally. This reorganization will help keep VDEM focused on what is important - preparing Virginia citizens. Below we have compiled details on this reorganization.

Code of Virginia

  • Declare State of Emergency*
  • Suspend Normal Procurement Procedures*
  • Control and Regulate Resources*
  • Request Federal Assistance
  • Direct Mandatory Evacuation
  • Pre-Delegation of Authority
  • Commit State Resources
  • All Actions Necessary for Protection of Public
  • Expend 'Sum Sufficient' Monies

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