EM Resources

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This program is responsible for enabling and facilitating collaboration through the use of geospatial data in order to protect the Commonwealth of Virginia and its localities from the impacts of natural and manmade hazards. Read more >

Integrated Flood Observing and Warning System (IFLOWS)

The IFLOWS program is a joint venture of the National Weather Service (NWS), VDEM, and local participating jurisdictions to help notify citizens and personel of potential flash floods and flooding areas. Read more >


This section provides an efficient and flexible logistics capability to procure and deliver goods and services to support disaster survivors and communities responding to and recovering from disasters. Read more >

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

This system establishes standard incident management procedures so that all levels of emergency responders can coordinate their responses, share a common focus and place full emphasis on resolving the event. Read more >

Search and Rescue

The SAR program has grown to develop standardized training in concert with the Virginia Search and Rescue Council, and to coordinate a SAR response at the request of local jurisdictions Read more >

Hazardous Materials Response Program

The Hazardous Materials Response Program provides assistance to local jurisdictions in emergency situations that involve hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.

Assistance can include 24/7 on-scene technical assistance and service as liaison to other agencies or groups.  Hazmat officers can conduct hot-zone entry for reconnaissance, stabilization and product confinement. Each hazardous materials officer is trained and equipped to assist with the identification of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials.

The Hazardous Materials Response Program maintains specialized detection and monitoring equipment, specialized protective clothing and product-control devices.  On-scene responses are available by ground or air transportation by request through the Virginia Emergency Operations Center at 800-468-8892.

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VDEM Ready Virginia Mobile App

Prepare for any type of emergency situation. Find out about disasters in advance with local weather and public health alerts. Locate hurricane evacuation routes and nearby open shelters. Preparing for disasters is one of the most important things you can do for the safety of you and your family. The Ready Virginia app provides you with up-to-the-minute information that affects every Virginian.

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