2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Committee Approved)

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Equity and Inclusion in Disaster Response

Item 410 #1h

Item 410 #1h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Emergency Management FY2021 $0 FY2022 $96,000 GF
FY2021 0.00 FY2022 1.00 FTE

Page 493, line 24, strike "$28,699,285" and insert "$28,795,285".

Page 494, after line 35, insert:

"G. Out of this appropriation, $96,000 the second year from the general fund to establish the Partners in Preparedness Program."


(This amendment provides $96,000 the second year for a program manager position that will be responsible for the creation and coordination of a formalized Partners in Preparedness Program and community outreach campaign. This position will work to ensure that the agency thoroughly engages with partners that can promote and enhance programs and communication by serving as trusted messengers within their communities. These partners come from all industries including but not limited to advocacy groups; education; business/commerce; faith-based; health care; nonprofits; and government agencies. This program will be data-driven and provide critical resources and support needed to be prepared and resilient, including but not limited to preparedness brochures, real-time emergency information, and access to disaster-focused webinars, forums, town halls, and other events. The position would be responsible for engaging with all VDEM divisions and the Virginia Emergency Support Team to ensure response and recovery plans and procedures take equity and inclusion into consideration and serve as a liaison during disasters to vulnerable communities by working with the trusted community partners.)