"Expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management"
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management.
What are the Five Mission Areas?
Prevention involves the capabilities needed to avoid, prevent or stop an act of terrorism. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, forensics and attribution, intelligence and information sharing, interdiction and disruption, and screening, search and detection.Mission 01
The Protection Framework involves the capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, access control and identity verification, cybersecurity, intelligence and information sharing, interdiction and disruption, physical protective measures, risk management for protection programs and activities, screening, search and detection, and supply chain integrity and security.Mission 02
Mitigation involves the capabilities necessary to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, community resilience, long-term vulnerability reduction, risk and disaster resilience assessment, and threats and hazards identification.Mission 03
Response involves the capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an event has occurred. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, critical transportation, environmental response/health and safety, fatality management services, fire management and suppression, logistics and supply chain management, infrastructure systems, mass care services, mass search and rescue operations, on-scene security, protection and law enforcement, operational communications, public health, healthcare, and medical services, and situational assessment.Mission 04
Recovery involves the core capabilities necessary to help communities affected by an emergency to recover effectively. Capabilities include planning, public information and warning, operations coordination, economic recovery, health and social services, housing, infrastructure systems, and natural and cultural resources.Mission 05
Careers at VDEM
Get involved in the Commonwealth's disaster response, crisis management, emergency training community, and help Virginians prepare for and recover from natural and man-made emergencies.Why join VDEM?
Get to know our Leadership
Jeffrey D. Stern
State Coordinator of Emergency ManagementRead Bio
Deputy State Coordinator for Mission SupportRead Bio
Deputy Coordinator for Disaster ServicesRead Bio
Response Programs Division DirectorRead Bio
Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) DirectorRead Bio
Director of Regional Support East DivisionRead Bio
External Affairs Director and Chief Agency SpokespersonRead Bio
Director of Regional Support West DivisionRead Bio
Director of the Recovery and Resilience DivisionRead Bio
Director, Planning DivisionRead Bio
Chief Information OfficerRead Bio
Recently VDEM underwent a significant shift in focus, both internally and externally. This reorganization will help keep VDEM focused on what is important - preparing Virginia citizens. Below we have compiled details on this reorganization.
Code of Virginia
- Declare State of Emergency*
- Suspend Normal Procurement Procedures*
- Control and Regulate Resources*
- Request Federal Assistance
- Direct Mandatory Evacuation
- Pre-Delegation of Authority
- Commit State Resources
- All Actions Necessary for Protection of Public
- Expend 'Sum Sufficient' Monies