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

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.

Protection

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.

Mitigation

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.

Response

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.

Recovery

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.

Code of Virginia

  • Declare State of Emergency*
  • Control and Regulate Resources*
  • Direct Mandatory Evacuation
  • Commit State Resources
  • Expend ‘Sum Sufficient’ Monies
  • Suspend Normal Procurement Procedures*
  • Request Federal Assistance
  • Pre-Delegation of Authority
  • All Actions Necessary for Protection of Public