RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern announced the official openings of two regional offices this week—VDEM’s Region One office in North Chesterfield today, and the Region Five office in Portsmouth yesterday.
The opening of the new regional offices will improve and enhance VDEM’s on-the-ground presence, thereby improving local coordination with state agencies and local governments responding to emergencies and disasters.
“We want to be fast, flexible and integrated with our local partners,” said Dr. Stern. “We want to build more regional capacity without increasing spending, so we redeployed staff that were previously located in Richmond to accomplish that. If you’re going to be fast and integrated, you need to be out in the communities.”
The Commonwealth manages seven geographic regions for emergency and disaster management through VDEM. Each regional office will comprise at a minimum one chief regional coordinator, a disaster response and recovery officer, a hazardous materials officer, and an all-hazards planner. Lori Dachille will serve as the Chief Regional Coordinator for VDEM Region One, and Bruce Sterling will serve in the same capacity for VDEM Region Five.
VDEM’s Region One comprises the following communities: Essex, King and Queen, King William, Hanover, Goochland, Henrico, Powhatan, the City of Richmond, New Kent, Charles City, Chesterfield, Amelia, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Brunswick, Emporia, and Greensville.
VDEM’s Region Five comprises the following communities: Southampton, Franklin, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Surry, Poquoson, York, Williamsburg, James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Northampton, Middlesex, Lancaster, Accomack, Chincoteague, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.
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October 27, 2016
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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