Dear Colleagues and Friends:

As I begin my second term as the VEMA President, I would like to thank each and every member of the Association for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to Emergency Management while at work, at home, and in your communities.  I would also like to thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our Association.

This year will be the year of change in Emergency Management in the Commonwealth. These changes will provide exciting opportunities for our Association.  We have a new administration with the election of Governor Northam and the re-appointment of Brian Moran as Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security. 

My main goal this year is for our Association to be the recognized Emergency Management experts in the Commonwealth, by promoting the profession and ensuring we are at the table in shaping the future of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the Commonwealth.

This year I ask for renewed commitment of all members to help grow VEMA by reaching out to those in our profession and asking them to join us in our journey. 

Other initiatives for this year include:

  • The complete the revision of our Constitution and By-laws.
  • Aligning our certification requirements with nationally recognized certifications.
  • Increasing our social media presence.
  • Establishing student chapters at our institutes of higher education.
  • Building stronger relationships with our state agencies especially, VDEM, VDH, and VDOT.
  • Expanding VEMA membership to include healthcare and private sectors.

I want each and every member to feel that our Board and Committee Members are available to you.  I encourage your input, ideas, and suggestions as to how we may better serve and best represent our organization and the emergency management community we serve.

Respectfully,

Walter English
VEMA President 2017-2019