Preparing for an Emergency

Everyone should have an emergency plan whether it’s for your family, home or business, and it’s important to always be prepared. Learn how you can be better prepared for any natural disaster, including hurricanes, tropical storms, tornados, winter storms, severe thunderstorms and earthquakes.


  • Emily Dillon, Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Sherri Laffoon, Deputy Coordinator for Emergency Management
  • Jess Robison, Emergency Management Public Outreach Coordinator

About Emily Dillon

Emily Dillon is the county’s emergency management coordinator and has served in this role since August 2011. Prior to Chesterfield, she spent eight years in various roles of emergency management in the Hampton Roads area. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Missouri State University, master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University and professional certification as a Virginia Professional Emergency Manager.

Emily Dillon portrait

About Sherri Laffoon

Sherri Laffoon serves as the deputy coordinator of emergency management and has been with emergency management since October 2009. Prior to emergency management, Laffoon worked in the Chesterfield Emergency Communications Center for three years. She sits on various regional committees and in 2017, she was awarded the Virginia Emergency Management Association's Professional of the Year. Laffoon has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration and earned the Professional Emergency Manager designation

Sherri Laffoon portrait

About Jessica Robison

Jessica (Jess) Robison serves as the emergency management public outreach coordinator and Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, coordinator, which encompasses over 1,300 trained volunteers. Robison is a certified Master Resiliency Trainer, or MRT, through the University of Pennsylvania and the Department of the Army. 

As an MRT, she taught soldiers and family members how to build skills that would allow them to survive and then thrive in difficult situations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in crime, law and justice from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Western Governors University with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.

Jessica (Jess) Robison portrait