Fairfax Board Endorses Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan
January 24, 2012 – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today endorsed the first comprehensive disaster recovery plan in the National Capital Region. The Fairfax County Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) is the work of a federally funded project led by the County Office of Emergency Management and positions Fairfax County to successfully recover from a major disaster.
“The PDRP will help ensure Fairfax County can not only survive a disaster, but will be able to recover from it as the great County it is today,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said. “Recovery isn’t just about removing debris or repairing property. We must be ready to get back to work and patronize our local businesses to keep our economy moving. We must be ready to take our kids to school and to reclaim our social lives. We must be ready to face the new day.”
The Plan includes partnerships with community organizations like Faith Communities in Action and local Chambers of Commerce. It considers post-disaster community needs holistically, and in coordination with our partners, it will assist the community in addressing the overwhelming and diverse issues that could arise once response activities have subsided.
“The PDRP has been praised by federal economic and emergency management officials, and localities across the country are looking to it as a model for their disaster recovery plans,” Chairman Bulova said. “Our Office of Emergency Management personnel and their director, David McKernan, are to be applauded for their efforts.”
To view the final Fairfax County Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan and read about the extensive process used to develop it, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/pdrp/.