This office ensures that the city Emergency Operations Plan is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. In addition, staff who serve this function as a collateral duty, coordinate and attend monthly Regional Emergency Management meetings, attend state mandatory training for emergency coordinators, and maintains and updates the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance for the city. This office also receives materials from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and distributes them to city and school departments, and maintains the city Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a "ready condition" in case of an emergency.
The city fire marshal serves as the coordinator of emergency management and coordinates all of these activities. The city manager is the director of emergency management and when an emergency occurs, the manager, with senior staff, directs the response of the city workforce and, if needed, regional, state and federal resources.