Preparedness & Safety

​​​​​​People deserve to feel safe and be safe, especially in their own neighborhoods. Building on existing city efforts, the focus area of preparedness and safety employs a two-tiered training structure to amplify neighborhood outreach. To start, the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department familiarizes lead volunteers with nationally recognized disaster preparedness plans and toolkits, and trains these volunteers on how to present the materials to their families, friends, and neighbors. The same is true with the Police Department’s Crime Prevention programs. These lead volunteers then disseminate the information and engage local households in safety and disaster preparedness discussions. This force multiplication strategy – of volunteers training other volunteers to engage households across the city – is a powerful strategy for priming communities in crime prevention and disaster response.