Main Emergency Management Contact Number: 703.746.5200 (press "2," then "4")
In a life-threatening emergency, call 911
Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which coordinates the City's processes of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from man-made and natural disasters, is based in the Alexandria Fire Department. Our Office maintains the City's Emergency Operations Center, which is used by City officials and related agencies to provide a coordinated response to major emergencies and disasters. OEM also maintains the City's Emergency Operations Plan, which identifies the responsibilities of all local departments and agencies. OEM staff members serve as the City's liaisons with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as staff support to Alexandria's Local Emergency Planning Committee.
For information about emergency preparedness, visit http://alexandriava.gov/Emergency.
Preparedness Week in Virginia is Nov. 30-Dec. 6
Recent Virginia winters have been cold and snowy, and many
people had power outages. It’s so important to be winter-ready that the
National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
have set aside Nov. 30-Dec. 6 as Winter Preparedness Week.
No matter the predictions, a significant winter storm is
always possible. With an El Nino weather pattern expected this season,
there could be a wetter than normal winter. And El Nino winters can be
snowier if atmospheric conditions are right … just like the winter of 2009-10.
Remember: an important part of winter weather planning is
being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. To be
ready, take these steps:
- Get a kit. Basic emergency supplies include:
- Three days’ food that doesn’t need refrigeration or
electricity to prepare it
- Three days’ water (a gallon per person per day)
- A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra
businesses and offices, some bottles of water, food bars and a radio or TV to
hear local information about whether or not it is safe to travel
- A power pack for recharging cell phones and
other mobile devices
- Make a
plan. Everyone needs an
- Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
- Where will you meet up with family members if you
can’t return home?
- Get an emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
informed. Before, during
and after a winter storm, you should:
- Listen to local media for information and instructions
from emergency officials.
- Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road
- Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
- Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or
the Ready Virginia app. Free app
for iPhone® and Android™ features:
weather watches and warnings issued by NWS
- Disaster news
from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
- A customizable
family emergency plan that can be easily shared
- A checklist for
gathering emergency supplies
- Links to register
for local emergency alerts, and more
Prepared by the Virginia
Department of Emergency Management, November 2014