An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Emergency Support Team (VEST) Status: Monitoring

VEOC Activation Status: Orange

Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST)

VEST Bureau Overview

The VEST Bureau consists of 7 (and growing) VDEM employees that are responsible for the administration and coordination of the full VEST. The goal of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) VEST Bureau is to build and strengthen relationships amongst VEST members and partners which include state agencies, private businesses, volunteer organizations, and federal agencies that are tasked with emergency preparedness, response and recovery in the Commonwealth of Virginia in an effort to achieve the VEST Mission. The VEST Bureau is responsible for ensuring the readiness of EOC, developing policies and procedures governing the VEST, and training of VEST partners.

Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST)

Comprised of more than 300 credentialed members, the VEST draws its staff from more than 40 State Agencies, dozens of NGOs, and private sector companies such as Verizon and Dominion. During steady state operations, VEST training is conducted nearly every week on a variety of emergency management topics. Introductory training is also conducted on a regular basis for new VEST Staff in a full day course – VEST 100.

During VEST Activations, some staff may be physically present at the VEOC while others may or may not be activated. The VEST has four levels of activation designated by colors.

VEST Activation Levels

GREEN

STEADY STATE
During steady state, plans and procedures are developed and maintained. Training and exercises are conducted periodically.

YELLOW

INCREASED READINESS
During increased readiness, multiple resources are required to mitigate or prepare for an incident. The incident is generally limited to one operational period and response is handled by VDEM Regional Staff with support from VEST Command and General Staff.

ORANGE

PARTIAL SUPPORT
During partial support operations, some or all of the VEST Command and General staff positions are activated, and the incident may extend into multiple operational periods.

RED

FULL RESPONSE
During full response operations, all Command and General Staff positions are filled, branches are established, and most of the ESFs are present in the VEOC.

Contacts

Vest Coordinator

804-516-1259

VEST Coordinator - Operations

804-351-7026

VEST Coordinator - Volunteer Agency

804-393-2867

Commonwealth of VA IMT

804-512-0297

Deputy State Coordinator - VEST Chief

804-629-5474

Coordinator

804-332-3445

Administrative Coordinator

804-690-9592