2017 Resilient Virginia Conference Starts August 1
RICHMOND – Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will kick off the August 1-2, 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference at the Richmond Convention Center. The conference will provide an outlet for discussion on past, current and future resiliency efforts in Virginia and beyond.
“Resilience, like homeland security, requires a ‘whole of community’ approach,” said Virginia’s Chief Resilience Officer and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “We can only effectively tackle this issue by collaborating among all levels of government and all sectors of society. Conferences like this help to bring all the players together.”
The conference is presented by Resilient Virginia, a non-profit organization committed to supporting a community resiliency initiative, which serves as a hub for bringing national, state and local resources together to accelerate community resiliency planning across the diverse geographic regions of the Commonwealth. The Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have worked alongside Resilient Virginia to develop an event for key stakeholders from all aspects of the community.
During the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference, more than 250 professionals from around the Commonwealth will participate in proactive breakout sessions and workshops focused on addressing critical challenges faced by governments, communities and businesses. Key speakers include resiliency executives from Colorado and Louisiana, business leaders and state legislators. This year’s conference theme, Connecting Communities, Business and Educators for Resilience Solutions, builds on last year’s inaugural conference goals of broadening resiliency planning in the state, and it serves as a forum to highlight the resiliency programs developed under Governors McAuliffe’s administration.
“By working together across the public and private sectors, we can capitalize on various skills, best practices, and expertise to develop capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all of the natural and man-made challenges facing the Commonwealth,” said VDEM State Coordinator, Jeff Stern.
Those interested in attending the conference can register online or in person. Registration will be open throughout the conference. A comprehensive agenda with a breakdown of speakers and roundtables can be accessed on Resilient Virginia’s website.
VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visit www.vaemergency.gov.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971