Additional Members Join Northern Virginia Regional Response

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Sept. 14, 2005


Additional Members Join Northern Virginia Regional Response

Four additional members will join the 10-person team that was deployed to New Orleans yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 13, as part of the region’s coordinated response to the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Northern Virginia team will replace emergency managers from North Carolina, who are returning home to prepare for the potential affects of Tropical Storm Ophelia, which is expected to make landfall in the Tar Heel State.

Emergency personnel leave for New Orleans

Emergency personnel prepare to leave for New Orleans on Sept. 13. (Photo/Fairfax County)

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Today’s deployment of additional staff, from the following jurisdictions, includes:

  • Arlington County: Evelyn Poppell, Communicable Disease Bureau Chief
  • Fairfax County: Jeff Smithberger, director, Solid Waste Collection and Recycling
  • Fairfax County: Dana Paige, director, Department of Family Services
  • Loudoun County: John Pumphrey, deputy director, Information Technology

10-Person Team Deployed on Tuesday, Sept. 13
Drawing from all levels of government including a county executive, police chief, emergency managers and regional fire department leadership the team is comprised of senior staff from Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria. The team is responding to a request from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. Northern Virginia’s regional Incident Support Team was activated on Sept. 4 to begin planning a joint response to the region affected by Katrina, and to respond to requests for assistance. It will remain staffed for as long as the regional team is deployed.

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