City of Norfolk Emergency Manager Earns Prestigious National Recognition

October 26, 2016  //  

RICHMOND (Oct. 25, 2016) – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) congratulates a local emergency manager who earned prestigious national recognition this week.

Jim Redick, CEM, the director of emergency preparedness and response for the City of Norfolk, was named the 2016 Clayton R. Christopher Award winner for “outstanding contributions to the field of emergency management” from the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM).
“We are incredibly proud of Jim Redick on his national recognition,” said Dr. Jeff Stern, VDEM state coordinator. “He embodies the professionalism of Virginia’s emergency managers.”

Redick’s leadership in coordinating with Virginia and federal agencies was critical to the Commonwealth’s immediate response to and recovery from Hurricane Matthew. He has held an esteemed career in emergency management in the Hampton Roads area, beginning his post in Norfolk in 2011 after a 5-year stint as emergency management planner for the City of Virginia Beach and more than two years with the City of Hampton as deputy emergency management coordinator. He has also served as adjunct faculty for Old Dominion University and the American Public University System.

IAEM presents the Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award annually to a local emergency management director or coordinator in recognition of his or her contributions to the emergency management profession. Redick received the honor Monday at the IAEM Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia.


About the Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award
The Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award was established by IAEM-USA Region 4 in honor of Clayton R. Christopher, who served as Director of Clayton County (Ga.) Civil Defense from June 1962 until his death on Oct. 29, 1976, while on business travel. Mr. Christopher was unselfishly dedicated to the emergency management profession and IAEM. His principles of integrity and leadership have served as a guiding force to the institution of emergency management, forming a strong foundation for its future. The award is presented annually to a local emergency management director/coordinator (city, county, tribal), who is a current IAEM-USA member, in recognition of contributions to the profession of emergency management.

About IAEM
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,000 members in 58 countries, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. IAEM provides: access to the largest network of emergency management experts who can provide advice and assistance; the Certified Emergency Manager program; annual scholarships; a comprehensive monthly newsletter; and more. Visit for details.

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