Volume 5, Number 11 |November 2022

Workers from Barrows work on installing a room divider in the Training Center on Oct. 20.

DEC gets new room divider, offices and name change coming

Things are changing for our department! On Oct. 19-21, a room divider was installed in the Training Center to allow for presentations to continue on the classroom side, while the consoles are in use for call-taking and dispatch.

The Richmond City Council is expected to approve the official addition of the Office of Emergency Management and the name change to the Department of Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response (DECPR) at its meeting on Nov. 14.

The Office of Emergency Management, Director Stephen Willoughby and some other

Completed room divider

administrative staff are planning to move their offices into the 16th floor of the City Hall building, once renovations are completed in December.  

DEC celebrates Halloween

Michael Sweeney 

Chloe Campbell

Karen Gill

DEC in the news

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September ECO of the Month

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of the third quarter

Shine at Work links:

o Help Center

o Advice Blog

o Shine at Work FAQ

October in review

First 911 classes taught for RPS students

After about four years of establishing contacts and explaining the need, DEC was able to present 911 education to Richmond Public Schools students. Karen Gill taught 911 education to 169 students in the Richmond Virtual Academy on Oct. 18-20 in three separate virtual sessions for different grade levels. It is hoped that we will be able to continue teaching other classes, including those in person, and to add more emergency management training as well.

For the younger students, we now have large Cell Phone Sally storybooks to read to kids, in addition to the Cell Phone Sally video. Other resources we are using include other videos and interactive instruction through the Nearpod app.

DEC, OEM outreach to

the Richmond community

DEC provided 911 and emergency information and giveaways at the Touch-A-Truck event on Oct. 15, 9th District Meeting on Oct. 20, Police Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 27 and the Sheriff's Office Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Help needed at upcoming events

See more community outreach photos

Games & Puzzles

Each monthly newsletter will feature a different game or puzzle. Email your completed puzzle by Nov. 17 to be entered into the random drawing for a prize. Make sure your email has the subject line

"November puzzle answer."

Good luck!


Congratulations to

Deborah Jackson,

October's Puzzle winner

What's next?

What should the 2023 contest be? We've had the DEC Communicator Challenge (trivia questions), Do you Know Your Coworker? (guess who provided the responses to questions), Oh, Baby! (guess the identity of baby pictures) and Games and Puzzles. 

Send your suggestions by Nov. 17, and you will be entered in a prize drawing. All staff can vote for the winning contest in December.

Send your suggestions now!

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