10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 17, 2015
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804) 897-6510 or (804) 674-2400
Advanced Emergency Management Academy Coming to Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia has been selected to host the first off-campus offering of the Emergency Management Institute’s Emergency Management Advanced Academy.
The four-course series is designed for emerging leaders and mid-level managers who want to advance their skill sets in the discipline of emergency management. The courses that comprise the academy will be held at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) headquarters in Richmond over the next several months, beginning Nov. 16-20.
“Virginia was at the forefront of implementing the basic academy at the state level,” said Kristy Bell, VDEM training coordinator. “We’ve conducted two of the two-week classes that are the cornerstone of the basic academy with great reviews, and the people who run the national program have noticed.” This is the primary reason Emergency Management Institute officials decided to hold the advanced academy in Virginia, she said.
The academy is part of the new national Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP). The program provides a structured and progressive framework for acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and progress through the emergency management field. The academy builds the qualities needed to lead emergency management programs and educates participants in relevant management theories and concepts, using case studies and a collaborative environment to reinforce learning and establish a network of peers. Students learn skills critical to performing leadership responsibilities, such as program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration and strategic thinking. The academy also provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking ability through a guided research project.
The advanced academy is geared toward government, non-profit voluntary organizations and private sector managers responsible for emergency management or homeland security.
Admission is through a competitive application process, and applications are due no later than Oct. 5 for VDEM employees and Oct. 12 for other partners. More information, including the application process, is available at: http://www.vaemergency.gov/em-community/training/virginia-host-emergency-management-professional-program-advanced-academy.
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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