CULPEPER – Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern and representatives from local fire, police, and 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.
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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