Fairfax County Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan

PDRP News and Updates

PDRP Update (April 2012)
A Table-Top Exercise to test the language in the PDRP was held on Friday, February 10, 2012.  There approximately 85 in attendance from county agencies, local nonprofit organizations and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  View the After Action Report.

A Fairfax County Team Excellence Award was given to the PDRP Steering Committee on March 23, 2012 for their dedication throughout the 18 month project.

PDRP Update (January 2012)
The final Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) has been endorsed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for approval. View the final plan (PDF) PDF

PDRP Update (December 2011)
The draft Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) has been completed and was available for public comment through Dec. 16 (30 day review period). The plan will be finalized in mid-January by the Emergency Management Coordination Committee (EMCC) Policy Subcommittee. Signatories on the plan include the county executive, deputy county executives and agency directors with identified lead roles in the plan. Additionally, the plan is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors for endorsement in January. A discussion based table top exercise will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, to test out the recovery agency structure, transition from response to recovery and the development of a long-term recovery action plan. Comments/proposed changes to draft plan (PDF). PDF

PDRP Update (September 2011)
The Office of Emergency Management hosted a Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) Summit on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Fairfax County Government Center. Watch a short video about the PDRP Summit; or you can watch the complete morning session here. Final report on the summit (PDF). PDF

PDRP Update (July 2011)
The draft Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan identifies the following areas in which Fairfax County government and its private and nonprofit partners plan to address community-wide needs in a long-term post disaster environment. The draft plan lays out an organizational framework that aligns with FEMA’s Draft National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and designates roles and responsibilities to coordinating and cooperating agencies and organizations. Within each recovery function, Pre-Disaster Objectives and Strategies, as well as Short-term Recovery Objectives and Strategies (post-disaster) are addressed to allow leaders to take action immediately following a major disaster.

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Keep up with the latest news and information about the pre-disaster recovery planning project. Just enter your e-mail address, go to the “Emergency Management” heading and click the “start” button for the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Initiative, then click the continue button at the bottom of the page to subscribe. For more information on the PDRP or the project, contact Amanda Phan at 571-350-1000, TTY 711.

Learn more about the Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan in the PDRP brochure (PDF). PDF


Why is Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Important?

Fairfax County is susceptible to a variety of natural hazards, including floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as man-made hazards such as terrorist acts and accidental releases of hazardous materials. Some of these events have the capacity for catastrophic local and regional impacts.

Following a major disaster, complex issues with impacts far beyond county government will arise. The local economy may falter due to supply-chain disruptions, infrastructure failures, business closures and/or inaccessible work-places. There will likely be population displacement, housing shortages and rebuilding issues, and potential social and psychological impacts. 

While the effects of disasters are wide ranging and cannot be predicted, pre-event planning can position Fairfax County to recover from a major incident.

Methodical, thoughtful pre-event planning can establish priorities, decision-making structures and procedures, and recovery goals. These can focus and accelerate the recovery process during the stressful and often fraught post-disaster period. 

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that over 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. Of the remaining companies, at least 25 percent will close within 2 years. The Association of Records Managers and Administrators reports that over 60 percent of businesses confronted by a major disaster close by two years. 

  • A Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan will provide Fairfax County with a single reference for guiding policy and action during recovery from a significant natural or human-caused disaster. 
  • The plan will allow the government to support the private and nonprofit sectors as we work together to restore the economic base, neighborhoods, social fabric, and other elements over the long-term. 
  • Public and private sector partnerships are vital to the success of disaster recovery

Project Timeline

Fairfax County is committed to ensuring not only that stakeholder interests are considered throughout the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning process, but that our nonprofit and private sector partners help drive and define the outcomes. Find our more about the PDRP project timeline and accomplishments below in the brief outline of activities:

  • Project Launch (December, 2009)
  • Pre-Disaster Recovery Demonstration Workshop (March 2010)
  • Pre-Disaster Recovery Interviews and Survey (March-May 2010)
  • Pre-Disaster Recovery Information Workshop (August 2010)
  • Outline and Draft Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (September 2010-Summer 2011)
  • Review Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (Summer-Fall 2011)
  • Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan Table Top Exercise and Plan Finalization (Winter 2011-2012)

For more information about Fairfax County's Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning process, contact Amanda Phan in the Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or by email to to oempdrp@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Read the steering committee minutes.

Disaster Recovery Information and Updates

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