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Office of Emergency Management

Emergency Management Overview

The County's Office of Emergency Management coordinate efforts to ensure that the County is able to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of natural or human-caused disaster.  The County uses an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness which means that planning efforts consider all types of disasters that could occur in the County.

Prince William County is soliciting feedback on the Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan. Comments should be sent to: by October 4, 2016.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.  It is commonly defined as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.  Hazard Mitigation focuses attention and resources on community policies and actions that will produce successive benefits over time.

Developing hazard mitigation plans enables local governments to:

  • Increase education and awareness around hazards, and vulnerabilities;

  • Build partnerships for risk reduction;

  • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction;

  • Align risk reduction with other state, tribal, or community objectives;

  • Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities; and

  • Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires localities to have and maintain an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Prince William County participates in the Northern Virginia Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  FEMA requires that plan is reviewed, updated and approved every 5 years.  The Northern Virginia Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently under review, and as required by FEMA, Prince William County is seeking public comment on the draft Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).

Comments should be sent to: by October 4, 2016.

Emergency Management falls within the Department of Fire and Rescue. However, emergency management encompasses the entire County. We work in collaboration with other community groups including the American Red Cross, Volunteer Prince William and other emergency partners.

In addition to emergency preparedness planning, EM also:

  • Manages the PWC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 

  • Oversees the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

  • Conducts and facilitates training and exercise programs on intra-agency, inter-agency and multi-jurisdictional levels

  • Manages Homeland Security grants from the federal government

For additional information send an email to or call 703-792-6800.

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