Department of Housing and Community Development

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 […]

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 Location: 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 […]

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 […]

Governor Northam recognizes DHCD’s Charlotte Carter

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kidde Recalls Smoke Alarms

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:  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 […]