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
Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30 every year. While hurricanes can develop anytime, it is during the late summer months into the fall that hurricanes are most likely to effect the east coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstriation(NOAA) predicts 3-6 hurricanes this season which includes 1-2 storms classified as major. While this season is predicted to be below average it only takes one hurricane to devaste a community. It is important to remember hurricanes result in power outages from damaging winds and falling trees. For inland communities like Richmond, flooding is the biggest threat. Richmond has adopted strategies to lessen the impact of rising river water and localized flooding but it is equally important to understand the responsibilities of residents. Pay attention to the forecasts, hurricanes change strength and direction frequently resutling in often changing areas of impact. Remember that hurricanes don’t have to make a direct hit for communities to experience heavy rains and damaging winds. Understand the risk of flooding at your home and work including your daily commute and consider learning alternative routes.
For more information on hurricanes go to NOAA’s Tropical Cyclone Guide
Watch this video from the National Hurricane Center on Inland Flooding
Upcoming CERT Training
There is one more chance to take Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in 2014, classes start in August. With CERT you will learn response techniques to make your better prepared to handle emergencies at home and in your community. Sessions will be held in April and August. Please click the link below for the CERT registration and dates.
2014 CERT Registration Form
Emergency Management Today
Recently the Office of Emergency Management transitioned the newsletter to a blog. Check it out at http://coremergencymanagement.blogspot.com/
Becoming community resilient begins with informed citizens. Visit Ready.gov for information on preparing for a Hurricane and other emergencies.
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.
Email: Ask Emergency Management
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