Virginia EMS Blog

2022 Governor’s EMS Award Recipients Announced at 42nd Annual Virginia EMS Symposium

On Saturday, November 12, the 2022 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award recipients were announced during the 42nd Annual Virginia EMS Symposium and Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. These awards, given in Governor Glenn Youngkin’s name, recognize EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their outstanding level of excellence and dedication to the EMS system. Learn more:

Important Updates Regarding Hurricane Nicole and Impacts in Virginia

The remnants of Hurricane Nicole are approaching Virginia, and impacts may begin as early as this evening, Thursday through Friday night. Along with wind and rain, there is an increased risk of tornadic activity across the Commonwealth. Please take a few moments and review the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s (VDEM) page on tornadoes and what to do before and during a tornado:

If you are attending the Virginia Office of EMS Symposium, please make sure that you remain weather aware and are monitoring the weather through your preferred app. The Virginia Office of EMS will notify attendees of the 2022 Virginia EMS Symposium by email and social media if there are any changes to the symposium event schedule.

State and Local Cyber Security Grant Program

Application Period Now Open for State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

EMS and 911 leadership encouraged to
apply to bolster cybersecurity measures

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the establishment of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, made possible by funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With $185 million available for fiscal year 2022, the program provides opportunities for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments to mitigate risks of cyberattacks against their information systems and delivery of essential emergency services. SLT governments can use this funding to implement more resilient cybersecurity measures to protect their communities.

The Department of Homeland Security released the notice of funding opportunity application period on Sept. 16, 2022, and will remain open until Nov. 15, 2022. Applicants may propose to use the funding for new or existing cybersecurity programs.

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National Preparedness Month: Test Your Plan


Now that you have your all-hazards plan in place, it is important to get everyone involved in testing your plan.  Everyone from the most senior to the probationary member should participate in plan testing.  Everyone is at risk during an emergency or disaster! Get Connected… Stay informed!

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National Preparedness Month: Stay Informed

Being informed is an important way to help prepare for any disaster or emergency.  Signing up for weather alerts, jurisdictional notifications, or having contact numbers readily available can help reduce panic during a crisis.  Safety can increase with quick access to critical information.  Get Connected…Stay Informed!

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