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This page serves as an archive for all official News Releases issued by VDEM. For media requests please contact the Communications Division.

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is pleased to announce that Governor Glenn Youngkin has reappointed Erin Sutton as Chief Deputy State Coordinator of Emergency Management for VDEM. Ms. Sutton has served in this position since October 2020 and previously served as Director of the City of Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management.

RICHMOND — State officials led by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), local officials, and Dominion Energy will conduct a quarterly test of the early warning siren system around the North Anna Power Station on Wednesday, May 18 at approximately 11:10 a.m., and the Emergency Alert System.

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is pleased to honor telecommunicators across the commonwealth beginning Sunday, April 10, 2022. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW), observed every second week in April, has been set aside to recognize and celebrate the work of telecommunicators helping to save millions of lives every day.

RICHMOND – State officials led by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), in coordination with the local officials and Dominion Energy, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the early warning siren system on Wednesday, March 9 at 11:10 a.m. for the Surry Power Station.

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s 9-1-1 & Geospatial Services Bureau (NGSB) and the Virginia 9-1-1 Services Board continue to support the deployment of the Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency today in anticipation of a winter storm arriving tomorrow that will affect several regions of the Commonwealth.

RICHMOND, VA — Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency today due to several rounds of winter weather that will impact several areas of the Commonwealth beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday.

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that Governor Glenn Youngkin has selected Shawn Talmadge to serve as VDEM’s new state coordinator. Talmadge comes to VDEM from the previous administration where he served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor.

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) today announced the departure of State Coordinator Curtis Brown. Appointed to the position by Governor Northam in June 2020, Brown led the agency during its most active period in history. He has served in homeland security and emergency management roles in three gubernatorial administrations

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is announcing the application deadline for the Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund.