Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

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Mar 24

Team Norfolk Emergency Operations - COVID-19 Update - 3-24-2020

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 8:22 PM by Jim Redick

Team -

Today we took time to participate on a conference call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) as well as viewed the Governor’s press briefing.  Both were sobering.  Our expectations, and planning assumptions, are that this incident will get much worse before it gets better.  While there are currently 290 cases in Virginia with 7 fatalities, the fact person to person transmission or  ‘community spread’ has occurred, Governor Northam reminded us we have not come close to hitting the peak of the curve before numbers start to level out and decrease.  We understand that the localities, the Commonwealth and the nation are all resource constrained and it could be several weeks before we receive appropriate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Hence the need to prioritize and adjust operations to extend what has been and will be received.  It should also be assumed based on the spread rate and the high hospitality / mortality rates, the surge on our healthcare system will be a challenge.

As severe as this incident has shown to be globally, and will be for us locally, the situation will be much worse if social distancing measures are not followed.  Continued message: Stay Home Unless Absolutely Necessary.  Practice Strict Social Distancing If You Must Go Out.

Reminder that tonight at midnight Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 restrictions go into effect and will remain so for the next 30 days.  Due to the impacts on businesses and the questions which have surfaced since his announcement, an email address has been established: business@virginia.gov. 

Request for Assistance For Our Faith Community: Daycare for essential workers has been identified as a need which currently exists and will continue to grow.  The Virginia Department of Social Services and Virginia Department of Education developed JointGuidance for Emergency Child Care during Statewide School Closures.  Should you feel led, we would be very interested in speaking with any of our faith leaders this critical need.  Please contact us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.

Please find attached the updates thus far to this week's IncidentAction Plan (IAP).  If we’re missing anything or there is something you can contribute to any of the goals or objectives, please send an email to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.

Finally, remember the role of the Safety Office in the Incident Command System (ICS) is to be alert to all matters relating to incident health and safety of emergency responder personnel.  For this incident we are all Safety Officers.  If you observe a colleague or anyone displaying symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, etc., take a moment to see if they’re ok.  See Something, Do Something.

Thank you!

Jim

Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

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