Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, based in the Alexandria Fire Department, provides emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of the City of Alexandria.

Page updated on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:24 PM

Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

OEMteam2019The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management consists of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Fire Prevention and Life Safety (FPLS) Section, Fire Investigations Division (Fire Marshals Office), Public Information, and the Community Outreach Unit. The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management serves the entire City of Alexandria and works with various city, regional, and national agencies to be fully successful in carrying out its mission. The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is commanded by Assistant Chief Corey Smedley.

OEM’s Mission:

To save lives, protect property and speed recovery from major emergencies by developing city-wide programs and emergency operational capabilities that prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from any emergency regardless of cause—whether in peacetime or a situation of national security.  This is accomplished with the full support of the elected and appointed officials of the city, and requires the active participation of a range of participants from all departments and agencies of government, citizens, and the private and non-profit sectors to be fully successful.

Emergency Operations Center

EOC1 Alexandria's new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) opened in January 2019 with its official open house event held in June 2019. It's first activation was the first week of the 2019 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) shutdown. The purpose of the EOC is to provide a space where representatives from multiple agencies can work together to provide resources during various types of emergency incidents, such as snowstorms, power outages, major fire incidents, and planned events.

The new EOC, which is managed by the City’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, is in a secured building along with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office at 2003 Mill Rd. The 8,750 square foot, state-of-the-art facility has 47 workstations, seven individual offices for OEM staff, state-of-the-art technology, and a conference room, with additional conference space and technological capabilities in the Sheriff’s Office. The facility is on a newly-renovated floor in the building of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office administrative work space. The new EOC is designed not only for use during emergency situations, but also for training purposes. To prepare for expanding incidents that affect Alexandria and the region, the City is making the new EOC available for use by local and regional emergency managers, first responders, and other preparedness partners in the community.

Main Emergency Management Contact Number 703.746.5200 (press "2," then "4").

In a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

City of Alexandria

Emergency Operations Center

2003 Mill Rd.

Alexandria, VA 22314


National Preparedness Month (NPM) reminds us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. Consider participating in some of the City's training sessions throughout September to learn about emergency preparedness,  hands-only CPR, and what to do "Until Help Arrives." 


Registration for fall 2019 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is now open. The program is open to anyone 18 and older who lives, works, or owns a business in the City of Alexandria. Join with other concerned members of the Alexandria community to learn how to increase your neighborhood's disaster readiness and support the first responders who serve your neighborhood. Registration is own through Wednesday, October 2. 

Upcoming Emergency Management Events

  • Volunteer Alexandria has a cadre of disaster volunteers responsible for executing critical tasks in partnership with the Office of Emergency Management during emergencies in the City.  For additional information about volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer Alexandria.

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