Second Regional Hurricane Team
Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Sept. 23, 2005
Northern Virginia to Send Second
Regional Hurricane Relief Team to New Orleans
An 18-member team, representing four Northern Virginia jurisdictions, will deploy Monday, Sept. 26, to New Orleans as part of the Northern Virginia region’s continued coordinated response to the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The team will replace a 14-member Northern Virginia team that was deployed on Sept. 13 and 14, led by Prince William County Executive Craig Gerhart.
Drawing from all levels of government, the team is composed of staff from Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria. Team members include finance, purchasing, warehouse, audit and data entry specialists, along with planning, operations and logistics personnel and public information officers. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Virginia Department of Transportation also have staff on the team.
The team, responding to a request from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, is being led by Fairfax County Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this team,” said Stalzer. “The Northern Virginia jurisdictions have worked well together in assembling such a talented group of professionals
with a wealth of operational experience to provide staff support to the emergency operations center in New Orleans. This coordination also gives me confidence in Fairfax County’s ability to
work with our partners in Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region should we have to respond to an emergency situation in our area.”
Staff from the following jurisdictions and specialties are being deployed:
City of Alexandria
Kathy Barrett, State EOC Liaison Officer
John Meade, Documentation Unit
Carol Adcock-Stearns, Data Entry Unit
Shelly Santos, Data Entry Unit
Miguel Garcia, Warehouse Unit
Carl Newby, Resource Unit
George Barack, Purchasing Unit
Rob Stalzer, Team Leader
Raul Castillo, Public Information Officer
Daryl Louder, Planning
John Caussin, Operations
Roy Shrout, Situation Unit
Tom Ryan, Operations Liaison
Len Wales, Finance Unit
John Fout, Comptroller/Audit
Prince William County
Kim Chinn, Public Information Officer
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Mike Cocker, State EOC Liaison Officer
Virginia Department of Transportation
Leslie Parnell, Purchasing Unit
Be Ready. Make a Plan
Northern Virginia jurisdictions also are taking this opportunity to remind the public that September is National Preparedness Month. The region is participating in a National Capital Region campaign to encourage residents to prepare for an emergency – “Be Ready. Make a Plan.” To find out more, please visit www.makeaplan.org.
Note to Media: The Northern Virginia Regional team will depart to New Orleans from Reagan National Airport (American Airlines) at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26.
About Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia is among the most diverse, highly educated and fiscally sound regions in the nation, representing 1.8 million people in 1,300 square miles. The Northern Virginia economy is outpacing the nation, and the region is home to a myriad of successful corporations and nonprofit organizations. The deployed team represents four major local jurisdictions in Northern Virginia: City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Prince William County.