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Last Updated: 2010-10-18

The Office of Emergency Management

Seeks to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. Emergency Management does this by educating citizens, employees, and business in the City of Richmond and also by maintaining relationships with federal, state, and other local emergency management organizations. Additionally, Emergency Management helps to coordinate response resources such as fire, police, and medical. All city departments have a role during disasters large and small. The Office of Emergency Management engages the City of Richmond in becoming a resilient community while lessening the loss of life and damage to property.

The City of Richmond Emergency Operations Plan provides the structure and mechanisms for the coordination of support to impacted communities and affected individuals and businesses. It is compatible with the National Response Framework and provides the structure for coordinating with the state government in the delivery of disaster assistance. The Plan improves the City of Richmond’s capability to respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

Resolution adopting the EOP


Build an Emergency Kit

Having a disaster supply kit is another important step in being prepared for an emergency or disaster. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster there will likely be limited access to everyday things such as gas stations, grocery stores, and banks. Power will likely be out and there may be limited access to water for drinking and sanitary purposes. So it’s important to think ahead about the items you may need to survive at home for 72 hours post event.

Basic Items Include:

• Water, one gallon of water per person per day
• Food, three day supply of non-perishable items
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Battery power AM/FM radio
• Manual can opener for food
• Cash, small denomination and coins
• Copies of important documents



Additional Items to Consider:

• Extra supply of medications
• Blankets and warm clothes for the winter months
• Infant formula and diapers
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Car charger for cell phone

For current forecast information visit the National Weather Service

Preparedness Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Recruit Training will be held on May 2nd, 9th and 23rd, 2020. The second session is scheduled for August 1st, 8th and 15th, 2020. (Click here to Register).

Citizen Preparedness

Becoming community resilient begins with informed citizens.  Visit Ready.gov for information on preparing for a Hurricane and other emergencies.

WRIR 97.3

During an actual emergency, tune your radio to WRIR, 97.3FM for official, up-to-the-minute information from the City of Richmond or call (804)646-HELP to request critical services.

Information For


Contact Information

Phone: 804.646.2504
Email: Ask Emergency Management

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Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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