Loudoun County Coordinator of Emergency Management Kevin Johnson has been named Virginia’s Emergency Management Professional of the Year by the Virginia Emergency Management Association.
The Virginia Emergency Management Association describes the recipient of the annual award as an individual who displays “high principles of community preparedness and a personal dedication to the safety of local citizens.” Johnson was recognized for “exhibiting an exceptionally high standard of leadership and professionalism” during the county’s response to disasters.
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, before he 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.
The Virginia Emergency Management Association 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 Office of Emergency Management is at loudoun.gov/OEM.