Arlington Sends Support to Florida

Published on October 12, 2018

Arlington County is sending personnel to the Gulf Coast to assist with recovery from Hurricane Michael, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).

Samantha Brann, from the Arlington County Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, will support Florida's Emergency Operations Center and Volunteer Florida by coordinating volunteer and donations for disaster-affected communities. Samantha will deploy initially for 10 days, directly in local communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Samantha manages Arlington County's emergency support volunteer programs and serves as the chairperson of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Emergency Support Function-16, Volunteer and Donations Management. An experienced emergency manager, she has previously managed volunteers, donation centers, and volunteer recovery coordination for national and international disasters, including after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti following the 2008 hurricane season.

EMAC is an interstate mutual aid agreement, administered by the National Emergency Management Association, which allows states to share resources with one another during times of emergency. Learn more about EMAC.

Volunteer Florida was established by the Florida Legislature in 1994 to coordinate volunteers and donations in times of disaster.

Aaron Miller, Director
Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management | 703-228-7546