The mission of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to coordinate emergency preparedness and response capabilities, resources and outreach for the Arlington Community.
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Lauren Stienstra inducted into the inWEM Hall of Fame
The Arlington County Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management is proud to announce that Lauren Stienstra, Senior Manager of Policy & Research, has been inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame by the International Network of Women in Emergency Management (inWEM) Board of Directors and Officers.
The Hall of Fame is one of inWEM’s major initiatives, honoring international women who are pioneers and leaders in the field of homeland security, emergency management, and business continuity in local, State, Tribal, and Federal governments; as well as private sector and international communities.
Each year, inWEM honors the contributions made for the advancement of women in emergency management, homeland security, and business continuity, who have a commitment to creating a culture of preparedness for safer, more resilient and sustainable diverse communities.
The inWEM’s 2017 Hall of Fame theme is “Honoring Trailblazers, who are leaving footprints in the sand”. She joins the list of 73 inductees, who are extraordinary role models, leaders, and transformers. These women have a strong commitment to elevating the status of women and girls, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, as well as their ability to motivate and inspire young women.
Lauren is the founder and first Director of the HERricane Arlington program, a camp and continuing education program that provides young women the opportunity to explore and pursue careers in emergency management and allied fields. The program was an immediate success in the local community and is beginning to expand – HERricane programs are now being considered in other areas of Virginia, such as Norfolk, as well as across the nation in communities like St. Louis, MO, the State of Florida and Washington, DC.
Congratulations to Lauren for this distinguished honor.
Text-to-9-1-1 is intended for three emergency scenarios:
- An individual who is deaf, hard-of-hearing or has a speech disability;
- Someone who is in a situation where it is not safe to place a voice call to 9-1-1;
- A medical emergency that renders the person incapable of speech.
Arlington Network for Community Readiness
ANChoR is the volunteer program that supports the County's emergency management team in educating and assisting Arlington for emergencies.
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Are you part of HERricane Arlington? Click HERE to get to the HERricane Arlington: The Aftermath page and register for events and activities!
HERricane Arlington empowers women, age 13-17, to pursue careers in emergency management through a week-long "camp" in June 2017, as well as long-term professional development and volunteer opportunities.