Business, Nonprofit Communities Invited to ESF-15 Meeting

Sept. 4, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) are assigned responsibility for functional roles as part of the National Response Framework.
  • ESF-15, External Affairs, works with the business and nonprofit community during emergency events.

More Information 

Members of Fairfax County’s business and nonprofit community are invited to attend the ESF-15 Business/Nonprofit Homeland Security meeting on Friday, Sept. 12, from 9-11 a.m. The meeting will be held in conference rooms 9/10 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Among the items on the agenda will be presentations on business continuity and the new McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC). Attendees also will have a chance to meet Olivia McLean, the new coordinator for the county’s Office of Emergency Management.

For more information, contact Merni Fitzgerald, chair of the committee, at 703-324-3187, TTY 711. More information about ESF-15, and the meeting agenda, is available online.

About ESF-15
Providing residents of Fairfax County with timely and potentially life-saving information during major incidents is a high priority. The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs is the lead ESF-15 agency to coordinate information for county agencies during emergency events or incidents requiring a coordinated Fairfax County response. ESF 15 integrates public affairs, media relations, legislative affairs, community relations and the private sector under the coordinating auspices of external affairs.

Fairfax County ESF-15 ensures that sufficient communications/public information resources are available during an incident requiring a coordinated response to provide accurate, and timely information to affected audiences, including the news media, county residents, the county Board of Supervisors and other elected officials, county employees and the private sector.

In accordance with the National Response Framework and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, and during an incident requiring a coordinated response, it is the goal of ESF-15 to maintain public trust by proactively disseminating consistent, timely, and accurate public information and instructions through coordination among county agencies, regional jurisdictions, state and federal communicators. This concept is best characterized as “Maximum disclosure with minimum delay.”



Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

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