2022 Virginia Emergency Management Symposium

"A Mixed Bag"
March 21-24, 2022
Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Sponsored by: Virginia Emergency Management Association & Virginia Department of Emergency Management

The Virginia Emergency Management Symposium is an annual event that is co-sponsored by the Virginia Emergency Management Association and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. The Symposium provides a forum to discuss current trends and topics and share information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas and collaborate to protect lives and property from disaster. 

The theme "A Mixed Bag" was chosen because as emergency managers, 2020 and much of 2021 has created new challenges for us to address in addition to the “normal” hazards that we work to prepare for, respond to and recover from. 

Registration is CLOSED. Please click here for the on-site registration form.

Registration Type
Student Member
3 Days (includes Game Night to Support VEMA Scholarship Fund)
Tuesday Only
Wednesday Only (does not include Game Night)
Thursday Only
*After February 4th, there is a $50 late fee

Program at a Glance 

Program With Session Descriptions

Register for Monday's Networking Event - NEON District Walking Tour

Join tour guide Josh Weinstein of Norfolk Tour Company for a 2-hr walk in the NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District. The NEON is Norfolk’s first art district, an enclave of public sculpture, large wall murals, interactive art, festivals, creatives, performances, and quirky buildings. Registration is required and will be open until noon on Monday 3/21. Tickets are $25 / person, with proceeds going to the VEMA Scholarship Fund. Please click the heading above to register. Josh will meet all participants in the foyer of Norfolk Waterside Marriott at 1:50PM. Tour will last two hours. Bring comfy walking shoes and water! Rain plan is a guided tour of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum inside of Nauticus. Contact Danielle Progen at [email protected] if you have any questions! 

Cancellation and Refund Policy: All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Written cancellations can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to VEMA, PO Box 29069, Henrico, VA  23242. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received on or before February 4th will be issued a full refund, by check. Refunds received February 5-28 will be assessed a $30 administration fee. Full registration fees will be charged if written cancellation is not received by close of business on February 28th. 

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