Third Northern Virginia Regional Team Deploys to New Orleans

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Sept. 15, 2005


Third Northern Virginia Regional Team Deploys to New Orleans
Team of 10 brings Northern Virginia contingent to at least 24

Another 10 members of the Northern Virginia regional team responding to Hurricane Katrina will depart today for New Orleans. This brings to 24 the number of senior managers from five jurisdictions who have deployed.

The team draws expertise from the City of Alexandria and from Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. This week’s deployments mark the first time a high-level, city-management team of senior officials from the National Capital Region has responded to the needs of another region.

Team members include a county chief information officer, a mental health director, a comptroller, a senior public works official and a regional coordinator from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. By jurisdiction, they are:

  • Arlington County
    Jack Belcher, chief information officer
    Barbara Liechti, county comptroller
  • Fairfax County
    Suzanne Devlin, deputy police chief
    Ray Pylant, building official, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
  • Loudoun County
    Kevin Johnson, emergency management coordinator
    Don McGarry, emergency management specialist, Public Works
    Roger Biraben, division director, Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse
  • Prince William County
    John Meehan, environmental health manager
    Rob Clemons, captain, Fire Department
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management
    Cindy Causey, Region VII coordinator

The Northern Virginia team will replace emergency managers from North Carolina, who have returned home to respond to Hurricane Ophelia. Other officials from the five jurisdictions are on standby and will be deployed if requested.

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. These teams are responding to a request from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (10-Person Team Deployed on Tuesday, Sept. 13; Additional Members Join Northern Virginia Regional Response.)

Be Ready. Make a Plan
September is National Preparedness Month, and hurricane season extends through Nov. 30. Northern Virginia jurisdictions are reminding the public to “Be Ready. Make a Plan” – the mantra of a region-wide disaster preparedness campaign. For more information, please visit


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