Established in 2004 as a stand-alone agency, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management coordinates county planning, response, support and recovery efforts before, during and after large-scale events and emergencies. As the OEM has grown, so have the roles, responsibilities and commitment of the staff. The agency is responsible for developing and implementing county-wide programs and projects that promote disaster planning, training, mitigation, response, prevention and recovery for all-hazards. The agency not only manages two EOC sites, but also coordinates numerous local and regional projects involving local, state, regional, and federal partners.
OEM falls under the direction of the deputy county executive for Public Safety and Planning. The county executive serves as the emergency management director. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appoint the emergency management coordinator to manage the day-to-day activities of the Office of Emergency Management. This position carries full authority to carry out all assigned aspects of the emergency management program.
OEM coordinates and collaborates with the whole community to advance the County's readiness for and resiliency to all hazards.
To be the most ready and resilient community in the world.Core Values
Innovation - OEM strives for more effective products, services, technologies and ideas by being trendsetters within the emergency management community. Our approach at OEM is to always be looking for a better, faster, smarter way. Our management team encourages research, supports the presentation of new ideas, and rewards innovation.“Coolaboration” - OEM encourages and incorporates inclusive participation in all OEM programs and services. We believe that it is cool to collaborate. We work to cultivate partnerships and enhance networks while being a responsive and responsible community contributor.Accountability - OEM leaders and personnel commit to holding each other accountable for exceeding organizational goals and expectations. It’s about challenging ourselves every day to find ways to better serve the residents of Fairfax County when disaster strikes.
Respect - By acting with integrity and treating others with respect, we foster trust. We listen, and agree to disagree without being disagreeable.Empowerment - OEM personnel are empowered to think independently, take action decisively, and prioritize decision making to effectively accomplish program objectives. We engage in personal development, continually working to improve our efficiency and diversity of skills.