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.
To protect the lives, environment and property of Fairfax County residents from emergencies and disasters by leading and coordinating the county's emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.
Through innovation and empowered partnerships, OEM leads the way in emergency management excellence.Core Values
Collaboration - We develop relationships with colleagues, county agencies, regional partners and the community to achieve positive outcomes.Integrity - We are accountable/reliable and do the right things for the right reasons.Coordination - We will work with our partners, jurisdictions and agencies to make emergency management programs and policies stronger and more relevant.
Leadership - We lead by example, place trust in, and motivate others to achieve their goals.Professionalism - We represent the agency through our actions and attitude by respecting others, maintaining expertise, and always exceeding expectations.