CULPEPER – Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator D r. Jeff Stern and representatives from local fire, police, a state agencies gathered today to officially open VDEM’s Region Two office at 13206 Lovers Lane in Culpeper today.
The opening of the last of VDEM’s seven new regional offices completes the dramatic shift of personnel and resources from VDEM’s central office in Richmond to directly assist emergency responders and localities around the state. This improves front-line coordination with state agencies and local governments responding to emergencies and disasters.
“In the past year, we have dramatically reorganized the department and shifted more than 30 percent of our staff to directly assist local emergency responders and governments with their emergency needs,” said Stern. “Positioning our staff in the regions enhances VDEM’s ability to quickly and effectively support localities on a daily basis and in times of disaster.”
Each regional office comprises, at minimum, one chief regional coordinator, a disaster response and recovery officer, a hazardous materials officer, and an all-hazards planner. Mark Stone serves as the Chief Regional Coordinator for VDEM Region Two.
VDEM’s Region Two comprises the following communities: the counties of Caroline County, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, City of Fredericksburg, Greene County, King George County, Louisa County, Madison County, Orange County, Page County, Rappahannock County, Shenandoah County, Spotsylvania County, Warren County, City of Winchester.
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, visit vaemergency.gov.
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