Volume 5, Number 10 |October 2022

Are you ready for peak hurricane season, other disasters?

Our staff handles emergencies everyday. But are you and your family prepared for a city-wide emergency or disaster that could knock out power and make it difficult to find food and water? Richmond is subject to the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs June 1 to Nov. 30. It is imperative that everyone is prepared in case of a hurricane or other disaster in Richmond. 

Learn how to make a plan, have a kit and stay informed

Be familiar with the city's newly updated Emergency Operations Plan

Peak hurricane briefing, Sept. 8, 2022

Watch Richmond's Peak Hurricane Season briefing video here

Answer the call: ECO positions open until Oct. 22

Recruitment for the 41st Basic Dispatch Academy is open until Oct. 22. Pay rate has increased to $19.81 an hour. If you know of anyone interested in answering the call, please have them visit our employment webpage.

How did you find your calling?

Deborah Jackson shares a pink ribbon and her pink boxing gloves pin with Woody Winborn.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer can affect men and women of all ages. Make sure to do self-checks monthly, schedule yearly mammograms and remind your friends and family. 

DEC's own cancer advocate, Deborah Jackson, will share information during special roll-call presentations in October.

Learn more

Dress up for Halloween

All DEC staff are approved to dress in Halloween costumes on Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. Email your photos of staff members in costume to be displayed on the operations floor and possible use in social media posts.

Send your Halloween pictures 

Halloween 2021

QA Spotlight

of the Month

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August ECO of the Month

Personnel Memo #22-12

Shine at Work links:

o Help Center

o Advice Blog

o Shine at Work FAQ

September in review

Follow us on social media!

The more the public knows about 911 and emergency preparation, the better we are able to help them. You can help share the messages by following, liking and sharing our social media accounts and posts!

Want to see your photo or post

on DEC's social media?

Email it to Karen!


DEC public Facebook

DEC employee Facebook

DEC Twitter

DEC Instagram

DEC YouTube

OEM Facebook

OEM Twitter

DEC, OEM outreach to

the Richmond community

DEC provided 911 and emergency information and giveaways, as well as solicited completed citizen surveys, at the Sept. 11 Memorial Stair Climb and Public Safety Fair; civic association meetings on Sept. 14, 15 and 28; East End Festival on Sept. 24; and the RPD Pop-Up Community event in Southwood on Sept. 29. 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 Oct. 17 to be entered into the random drawing for a prize. Make sure your email has the subject line

"October puzzle answer."

Good luck!

Congratulations to

Leon Corbin,

September'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 Oct. 17, and you will be entered in a prize drawing. All staff can vote for the winning contest in November.

Send your suggestions now!

What would you like to see in the monthly emailed newsletter? Let Karen know! Send your information for the November newsletter by Oct. 17. Missed a past issue? See them all here!
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