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Virginia designates third week in March as Emergency Management Professionals Week

This update was published by Communications
Published: March 16, 2021

RICHMOND — The third week of March in 2021 and in each succeeding year has been designated as Emergency Management Professionals Week in Virginia.

This week honors the service and commitment of emergency management professionals and recognizes their contributions to the lives, health, and safety of all who live, visit, and do business in the Commonwealth.

Throughout the week, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Emergency Management Association will be sharing information on their social media channels about the profession and the under-recognized yet indispensable role it plays.  

Emergency management professionals provide the leadership, management, and operational skills necessary to enable their communities, organizations, and agencies to develop emergency plans and procedures, ensure personnel is adequately trained and exercise plans, provide emergency warnings, notifications, and alerts, and acquire resources to protect lives and property and enhance resiliency to emergency events.  


VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies, and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, visit

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