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Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Management Task Force Plan & Prepare Local Hazards

City Emergency Plans

Task Force Plan & Prepare Local Hazards City Plans



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The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for comprehensively planning for, responding to, and recovering from large-scale emergencies and disasters that impact the City of Harrisonburg. The Office of Emergency Management's work is accomplished in partnership and in collaboration with first response agencies, as well as non-profit, private sector, and government partners.

The Office of Emergency Management's responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an approved Emergency Operations Plan
  • Developing a Continuity of Operations Plan
  • Assist in maintaining the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Assisting City departments to develop department emergency action plans
  • Reviewing emergency action plans of local businesses and industry
  • Participate in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Management Task Force
  • Emergency Sheltering
  • Evacuations
  • Performing a Local Capability Assessment for Readiness
  • Coordinating Statewide Mutual Aid and Emergency Management Assistance Compact Requests
  • Managing Harrisonburg Fire Department grants as well as mitigation & preparedness grants for the City of Harrisonburg
  • Providing ongoing training/exercises for City staff in relation to the emergency management system
  • Coordinating the UAV/Robotics team

Disasters/Hazards Include:

  • Severe Weather
    • Flooding
    • Drought
    • Hurricanes
    • Winter Storms
    • Wind Storms
  • Public Health Emergencies
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Terrorism
  • Power Outages
  • Earthquakes