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Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC)

Ready Business Workshop

Mark Your Calendars for the September 20th Ready Business Workshop!
8:30-4:30 – Virginia Modeling & Simulation Center, 1030 University Blvd, Suffolk, VA

Have you taken a look at your business’s emergency preparedness plan recently? Are you interested in speaking with risk, mitigation, preparedness and other experts at the local, state, and federal level and getting tips on how to update your plan?

FEMA Region III and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management are hosting a free one-day workshop to meet with small-to medium sized businesses in the Hampton Roads area. We want to hear from you about how the private and public sectors can work better together, and our experts will guide you through the process of creating or updating your emergency preparedness plan and identify actions you can take to protect your business, employees, and customers.

The Ready Business program combines state-of-the-art information along with presentations, panel discussions, and a scenario-based discussion to move organizational leaders through a step-by-step process to 1) Identify Your Risk, 2) Develop a Plan, and 3) Take Action. This Workshop will be tailored to a hazard common to coastal areas- hurricanes.

Interested in learning more or have questions? Contact Melissa Wiehenstroer, FEMA Region III Private Sector Liaison at

Space is limited so register now! Get your free ticket at:

Mission Statement

The mission of the FEMA Region III Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC) is to formalize and enhance two-way information sharing between public & private sector stakeholders regarding emergency management matters throughout the disaster lifecycle.


The RBEOC was formally adopted in 2015 by Region III, and was constructed to formally enhance communication and engagement with the Private Sector throughout the disaster lifecycle. This lifecycle includes pre-disaster preparedness, disaster response, and post-disaster recovery. The RBEOC brings together stakeholders to actively maintain dialogue and provide insight and perspectives important to the Regional community as it pertains to emergency management. FEMA Region III’s External Affairs Division is responsible for the strategic and programmatic oversight of the RBEOC during all phases of emergency management. 

The RBEOC is designed similar to the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) model at FEMA HQ. The NBEOC is also run through the External Affairs Division/ESF-15 component, since the main fulcrum on which these Business Emergency Operations Centers function upon is two-way communication sharing.

The RBEOC operationalizes and integrates City, State, Region, and National Public Sector counterparts with Private Sector stakeholders who are RBEOC members. The necessity and functionality of having a Regional level BEOC construct to coordinate, collaborate and connect the Private Sector with different levels of the Public Sector has been validated through activations in support of responding to potential disasters. These activations range from disaster response to National Security Special Events (NSSE), (which often do not require a full National activation from FEMA but there are National level assets that are impacted and interested). The RBEOC serves as a mechanism to address questions from, and share information with, our Private, and Public, Sector partners. For more information, see the FEMA Region III Regional Business Emergency Operations Center Overview Document.


Membership and participation in the RBEOC is voluntary and open to all members of the private, and public, sector. By joining the RBEOC, members are able to establish and maintain a strong personal network with our Regional stakeholders and enjoy the benefits of building upon a trusted network of in-place relationships to facilitate information and idea sharing throughout the emergency management lifecycle. In addition, RBEOC members are also invited to annual events, such as in-person table-top exercises, and other avenues to stay engaged with the RBEOC community during steady-state operations within the Emergency Management lifecycle.

Please see the below agreement for further information on RBEOC membership. Completed forms may be sent to Melissa Wiehenstroer at

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Regional Business Emergency Operations Center Overview Document

145KBMarch 10, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfRegional Business Emergency Operations Center Membership Agreement52.9KBNovember 16, 2015


Last Updated: 
08/13/2018 - 13:47