The Office of Emergency Management seeks to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. Emergency Management does this by educating citizens, employees, and business in the City of Richmond and also by maintaining relationships with federal, state, and other local emergency management organizations. Additionally, Emergency Management helps to coordinate response resources such as fire, police, and medical. All city departments have a role during disasters large and small. The Office of Emergency Management engages the City of Richmond in becoming a resilient community while lessening the loss of life and damage to property.

The City of Richmond Emergency Operations Plan provides the structure and mechanisms for the coordination of support to impacted communities and affected individuals and businesses. It is compatible with the National Response Framework and provides the structure for coordinating with the state government in the delivery of disaster assistance. The Plan improves the City of Richmond’s capability to respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.


The City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management (OEM) strives to build a resilient community to protect and prepare the citizens and visitors of Richmond from all-hazards including natural, man-made, and terrorist threats.


Our mission is to provide comprehensive management and coordination for the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery from all potential threats to the City of Richmond.

Utilizing the most innovative and efficient methods to preserve life and property, and to stabilize and resolve incidents, we continue to engage and educate those who live and work in our city.  By optimizing funding as well as training opportunities, the resilience we nurture will ensure a strong and vibrant community.


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Excellence: having superior knowledge; possessing a superior quality

Accountability: maintaining responsibility in an ethical and moral manner

Knowledge: being qualified to accomplish objectives by experience, education, and training