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Scrambler Safety Alert

Eli Bridge Company, manufacturer of the Scrambler amusement device, issued a Safety Alert on May 1, 2019, which requires action to be taken prior to the start of the 2020 season, in order to ensure that the ride seats are safe.  The following link will take you to a copy of the safety alert:

Scrambler Safety Bulletin 20190501-2

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FEMA Emergency Management Institute announces pilot course

FEMA EMI Pilot Course: E2460 Advanced Building Science Series I

Pilot Course Dates:
May 13-16, 2019

Travel Dates:
May 12 and 17, 2019

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Emmitsburg, Maryland

Course Description:
This advanced-topics course addresses the everchanging challenges faced from flood and wind risk through a comprehensive approach of planning, compliance, best-practice mitigation and funding. The four-day course is comprised of six half- and full-day modules that will focus on:

1. Flood Provisions of the I-Codes and ASCE-24 (full-day)
2. Incorporating Future Conditions into Flood Design (half-day)
3. Strategies for Maximizing Floodproofing Success (half-day)
4. Steps to a Successful Elevation (full-day)
5. Wind Mitigation for Buildings: Policies & Procedures for Successful Recovery (half-day)
6. Critical Building Performance for Wind (half-day)

For more information, visit http://buildingsciences.nibs.org/PilotAnnouncement_E2460%20ABSS.pdf.

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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funds Available to the Commonwealth

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is pleased to announce a grant funded program that will reduce the long-term risks to individuals and property through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  These funds will be available for the Commonwealth through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of two Presidential Disasters from damages associated with Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. 

As a part of the HMGP outreach effort, seven applicant briefings will take place across the Commonwealth in February and March.  Briefings will discuss state priorities, eligible activities, application process, cost share and timelines.  In addition, the briefings will a give localities and agencies additional information on future Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding, which is expected to increase significantly in 2019 due to the Disaster Reform and Recovery Act.  

Applications will be due May 30, 2019. Representatives from the following organizations are encouraged to attend one of the briefings:

o   Local Land Use Planners

o   Local and State Floodplain Managers

o   Local Public Works, Utilities

o   Local and State Agency Engineers

o   Local and State Agency Building Officials

o   Local and State Agency Emergency Managers

o   Planning District Commission Planners

o   Grant writers and managers

For more information on these funding opportunities please visit VDEM’s website or contact your regional grant administrator or Robbie Coates, State Hazard Mitigation Officer at 804-897-9766.



VDEM Region 1 Applicant Briefing



VDEM Headquarters

10501 Trade Court, North Chesterfield, VA 23236

Click to Register – Region 1 HMGP Applicant Briefing


VDEM Region 2 HMGP Applicant Briefing



Culpeper County EOC

14022 Public Safety Circle

Culpeper, VA 22701

Click to Register – Region 2 HMGP Applicant Briefing


VDEM Region 3 HMGP Applicant Briefing



Farmville Town Office

116 N Main Street

Farmville, VA 23901

Click to Register – Region 3 HMGP Applicant Briefing


VDEM Region 4 HMGP Applicant Briefing



Abingdon Fire Dept

316 Park Street SE

Abingdon, VA 24210

Click to Register – Region 4 HMGP Applicant Briefing


VDEM Region 5 HMGP Applicant Briefing



Hampton Roads PDC

723 Woodlake Drive

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Click to Register – Region 5 HMGP Applicant Briefing


VDEM Region 6 HMGP Applicant Briefing



Chatham Community Center

115 South Main Street

Chatham, VA 24531

Click to Register – Region 6 HMGP Applicant Briefing


VDEM Region 7 HMGP Applicant Briefing



McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC)

4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Click to Register – Region 7 HMGP Applicant Briefing

VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visit www.vaemergency.gov.

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Governor Northam recognizes DHCD’s Charlotte Carter

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Gov. Ralph Northam, Charlotte Carter, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

Charlotte Carter, Training and Development Coordinator for DHCD was recognized by Governor Ralph Northam with the Governor’s Award for Customer Service during a ceremony held at the Governor’s mansion on June 4, 2018.

Charlotte’s award-winning customer service was described in the Governor’s press release as follows:  “Charlotte Carter exemplifies true customer service, providing personalized and individual attention to each person she comes in contact with while in the office or out in the field.   As a training coordinator at the Department of Housing and Community Development, Charlotte is charged with ensuring that the Virginia Building Code Academy and its training programs run smoothly, from student registration to on-site management, from instructor schedules to equipment operations. She is seen as the go-to person for questions or concerns with attending the academy. No problem is too big or too small for her to try to resolve.  Charlotte works with the resources available and also supports others with her willingness to think outside the box. Charlotte is a role model for excellent customer service interactions”.​

Congratulations, Charlotte on the well deserved recognition!

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SAP Building Evaluator Training

From AIA Virginia:

AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training

Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA.

It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster.

SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis.

This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.


Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: AECOM, Norfolk, Va.

Full Description Here

Register Here


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Welcome Kelly Duggins!

The Virginia Code Academy welcomes it’s newest staff Kelly Duggins! Kelly joins DHCD in the Building and Fire Regulations Division as a training coordinator. He comes to the agency from Old Dominion University, where he worked for both the Department of History and the Office Admissions. Prior to his work at ODU, Kelly also worked for the School Pharmacy at VCU. Kelly brings to his job a wealth of experience, organizational expertise and a great attitude. Whether you meet Kelly on site during training, at a conference, or contacting him for assistance with your certification applications, we hope you will take a moment to introduce yourself. Kelly can be reached at kelly.duggins@dhcd.virginia.gov or (804) 371-7180.

Welcome to the team, Kelly! ​

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Kidde Recalls Smoke Alarms

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

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 A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.

Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)

Consumer Contact:

Phone: (833) 551-7739
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