Faith-Based Organizations Symposium

In collaboration with Volunteer Alexandria, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will host its first Faith-Based Organizations (FBO) Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

Page updated on Nov 12, 2018 at 3:48 PM

City of Alexandria's Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security2018 Faith-Based Organizations Symposium

In an effort to establish a partnership and develop a community-based pre-disaster mitigation strategy, the City of Alexandria's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Homeland Security is collaborating with Volunteer Alexandria to host its first Faith-Based Organizations (FBO) Symposium at 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 30 at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection Hotel.

For many years, emergency managers and FBOs operated within certain traditional roles in response to disaster. FBOs are accustomed to deploying volunteers and services in disaster relief and recovery, and emergency managers are typically focused on emergency operations and technical solutions. The City of Alexandria's OEM feels it's important for its team to meet and collaborate with FBO leaders to understand their positions and usual procedures during emergencies. The goal is to capitalize on the distinct and separate strengths that FBOs represent, determine what resources FBOs in the City already have, and collaborate with FBO leaders to better serve them and the community during emergency incidents.

Ultimately OEM looks to connect with the community and to be more efficient in its response to various emergency incidents in the City – because in times of disaster, collaborative efforts and community partnerships can make a difference.

For additional information about the Faith-Based Organizations Symposium, contact Raytevia Evans, Senior Public Information Officer, at or 703.746.5190. To RSVP to the Faith-Based Organizations Symposium, visit Eventbrite.

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Objective: To connect with local faith-based organizations; educate FBO leaders about resources available to them; and collaborate with local FBOs to better prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and emergencies in the City of Alexandria.


8 a.m. – Sign in, greetings, continental breakfast

8:15 a.m. – Welcome Remarks (Mayor Allison Silberberg)

8:20 a.m. – Encouraging Words (Capt. Don Hayes, APD)

8:30 a.m. – Introduction (Deputy Chief Corey Smedley & Ian Sterne)

  • Acknowledge government officials

8:40 a.m. – Local Threats & Hazards (Deputy Chief Corey Smedley)

  • Overview of Office of Emergency Management
  • Defining Disaster
  • Group Activity 1: Family Assistance Centers

9:10 a.m. – Office of the Fire Marshals (Chief Deputy Fire Marshals Andrea Buchanan & Russell Furr)

9:50 a.m. – BREAK

10 a.m. –Worship Security (Sgt. Charlette Mitchell, APD)

  • Protecting your facility and your congregation

11:15 a.m. – WORKING LUNCH (provided)

  • FYI: City Academies Program (Elaine Scott, OCPI)
  • Group Activity 2: Hands-Only CPR (Firefighter Rick Muse Jr.)

12 p.m. – Whole Community Preparedness (Kevin Smith, FEMA/DHS)

  • Personal, congregational, and neighborhood preparedness

12:30 p.m. – American Red Cross Ready Rating (Jessica Adams, American Red Cross)

1 p.m. – Community Recovery (Tameka Sharp, The Salvation Army)

1:30 p.m. – Volunteer Coordination (Volunteer Alexandria)

2 p.m. – Questions, Closing Remarks (Deputy Chief Corey Smedley & Raytevia Evans)


Parking will be FREE during the symposium for attendees, speakers, and information table participants. those in attendance or participating in the event are asked to park in the Alexandrian Hotel parking garage where the entrance faces South Pitt Street in Old Town Alexandria.

2018 Presentations

Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees who were able to join Alexandria OEM for its first ever Faith-Based Organizations Symposium. Below, you will find presentations that were given by Alexandria OEM, Alexandria Police Department, American Red Cross, and Volunteer Alexandria.

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