To be the local public safety organization providing comprehensive, risk-based and coordinated emergency management mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies and disasters affecting the City of Newport News and the Hampton Roads regional area. To protect the public peace, health, safety, lives, property and economic well-being of the city and the citizens.
City of Newport News Office of Emergency OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT This Office comes under the control of the City Manager who is the Director of Emergency Management. The Coordinator of Emergency Management is appointed by the City Manager and approved by City Council to manage the City's emergency management program on a daily basis. Our primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Coordinating emergency services, evacuation, citizen assistance, media relations, and other areas, as necessary, during emergencies and/or disasters. Researching and identifying needs in the areas of food, housing, medical supplies, transportation, and any other requirements for public health, welfare, and safety in the event of any emergency and/or disaster. Through this research, we develop plans and procedures for obtaining, coordinating, and utilizing resources. Monitoring developing emergencies and alerting City response agencies. Maintaining the City's primary and alternate Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and Mobile Communications Command Post vehicle in a constant state of readiness to respond to any disaster, 24-hours a day. Acting as liaison with other local, state, and federal authorities during major disasters. Coordinating changes or modifications of regulations and procedures. Responsible for developing and coordinating mutual aid agreements with outside agencies. Overall development, writing, modifying, and implementing various emergency preparedness plans and programs to be followed in the event of natural, man-made or war-caused emergencies and disasters. Developing, coordinating, and conducting special programs which include mock disasters and exercises to ensure the City's effective disaster response capability. Working with individual volunteers and volunteer organizations to provide information and training. We also coordinate efforts in the event volunteers are utilized in emergency and disaster situations. Developing, coordinating, and presenting programs to civic organizations and public groups relative to emergency management programs and activities. Handling inquiries from local industries, businesses, agencies and the general public to provide information, disaster planning assistance, bulletins, brochures, etc. relative to Emergency Management activities. Researching and performing studies to identify and determine area layout, geography, demography and peculiarities which are to be considered in planning for emergency and disaster procedures Developing brochures, pamphlets, etc. on disaster preparedness and response, and weekly public service announcements to news media for publication in local newspapers and broadcasting on City Government Channel 48 and Schools Channel 47.