Loudoun County Coordinator of Emergency Management Kevin Johnson has received the prestigious Emergency Management Professional of the Year Award from the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA).
The award recognizes an emergency management professional and leader who exemplifies the principles of emergency management. VEMA describes the recipient as an individual who displays “high principles of community preparedness and a personal dedication to the safety of local citizens.” Johnson is being recognized for “exhibiting an exceptionally high standard of leadership and professionalism” during the county’s response to disaster situations.
Johnson leads the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management, which is charged with preparing for, responding to, and beginning the recovery process from significant events that impact the county. In his capacity as Coordinator of Emergency Management, Johnson has overseen the county’s response to a wide variety of events, including blizzards, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and the 2012 derecho.
Johnson’s service to Loudoun County began in 1995 as a dispatcher in the Emergency Communications division of the Department of Fire and Rescue, and was promoted to supervisor in 1997. He became the county’s Emergency Services Officer in 2000 and moved into his current role as Coordinator of Emergency Management in 2004.
VEMA is a statewide organization that promotes and supports the twin goals of saving lives and protecting property during times of emergencies and disasters in Virginia.
More information about Loudoun County’s emergency management efforts is online at www.loudoun.gov/OEM.
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