FAIRFAX, Va. (WDVM) — On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors welcomed the newly created Fairfax County Business Emergency Operations Council.
With a new process for sharing information, the BEOC will help local businesses and government officials coordinate when preparing for, responding to, or recovering from disasters that impact the community. Members of the BEOC were recognized for making Fairfax County a more resilient community.
“We basically have created an information sharing process to we can share information pre-event and we will use those if a big emergency happens. So using pre-established lines of communication is important because that’s what we’re all going to resort to in an emergency,” Seamus Mooney, Coordinator for Fairfax County Emergency Management said.
“What the council does with the office of emergency management is create a place of communication, a place to create common understanding and then a place to spread information that’s relevant to the business community in a way that helps everyone work together more effectively,” said Debra Yamanaka, CEO of Excel Technologies LLC.
Participation in the BEOC is voluntary and open to large and small businesses, trade associations, universities, think-tanks and nonprofits. visit their website and complete the questionnaire at the bottom of the page.