On A Mission to Support the Community

Our mission is to create a local network to support each other and strengthen the whole community by coordinating our capabilities and resources to better prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies.

After receiving a grant in 2014, Volunteer Fairfax partnered with Fairfax County’s Office of Emergency Management, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Faith Communities in Action to build a program that educates and connects community organization so that Districts are more resilient during and after a disaster. This initiative seeks to connect a range of organizations from nonprofits and faith-based groups, to homeowners and civic associations, to private industry and local government to form Community Resiliency Groups in each of the nine districts; these organizations not only provide day to day services but also provide a grassroots network of connections in both non-emergency and emergency times.

An educational Seminar and practice Tabletop Exercise was hosted in each of Fairfax County’s Magisterial Districts. The goal for the Seminar was to create an awareness of how together, organizations can bolster each other and the community through their capabilities, resources, and networks pre and post disaster. The Exercise, designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Program (NEP), offered the opportunity for Seminar participants to practice their newly acquired knowledge and identify ways to strengthen their resiliency efforts.

JIT Training

Community Resiliency Group Participants

The Fairfax County Community Resilience Group brings together faith communities, safety net nonprofits, civic associations, and private businesses collaborating to provide disaster recovery resources and capabilities in partnership with local government. Working collectively to leverage the available resources, these groups will allow each community, and therefore the county as a whole, to recover more effectively after an emergency.

Current Fairfax County Community Resiliency Groups:

  • Providence (Fall 2017)
  • Springfield (Fall 2017)
  • Hunter Mill (Winter 2017)
  • Mt. Vernon (Fall 2016)
  • Dranesville (Spring 2016)
  • Lee (Fall 2015)
  • Sully (Spring 2015)
  • Braddock (Winter 2015)
  • Mason (Fall 2014)