Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

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.

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Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

OEMteam2019The Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security 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 Emergency Management & Homeland Security 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 Acting Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Whatley.

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.

NEW: City Council Adopts “ResilientALX” Charter

On January 26, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted the ResilientALX Charter, which provides a vision for enhancing the City's Strategic Plan goal of creating a safe and resilient community. It also establishes a comprehensive approach to understanding areas of risk and developing a sound strategy for preparation and mitigation.

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.

In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

City of Alexandria

Emergency Operations Center

2003 Mill Rd.

Alexandria, VA 22314


The free Smart911 service allows individuals and businesses to create online safety profiles with home, workplace and mobile phone numbers, along with additional information that would be valuable to dispatchers and first responders during an emergency.

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.

Things to Know to Be Prepared