Hampton Roads Planning District CommissionHRPDCVA

Emergency Management


John Sadler, Emergency Management Administrator

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Mr. Sadler joined the HRPDC’s Emergency Management staff in 2007 as a Regional Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Planner where he served as a liaison between federal and state officials and local stakeholders on matters concerning homeland security and emergency management. He coordinated and facilitated working relationships and formal agreements between multiple agencies, and coordinated the region’s UASI program including administering all aspects of the homeland security grant process.  More recently, as a Senior Regional Homeland Security Planner, he continued his UASI duties and supported other homeland security, emergency management, and hazard mitigation initiatives. In addition, he has provided staff support to regional committees including Urban Area Work Group (UAWG), Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee (REMTAC), and Hampton Roads Interoperability Communications Advisory Committee (HRICAC).  As a result of his experience, Mr. Sadler understands Hampton Roads’ unique challenges and his familiarity with the region’s Emergency Preparedness Stakeholders provides a level of trust no other candidate could offer.  His promotion affords continuity in regional emergency planning and forward momentum.

As Emergency Management Administrator, Mr. Sadler will serve as an advocate of emergency management, homeland security and hazard mitigation initiatives and support the HRPDC, REMTAC, and the UAWG for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).  As Administrator of the HRPDC Emergency Management Department he will supervise professional and technical personnel and work with varying groups and agencies inside and outside of governments to promote cooperation and understanding of emergency management, homeland security and hazard mitigation principles. Mr. Sadler will be instrumental in securing grants for emergency management programs and the management of those programs.

He is a 2007 graduate of the College of William and Mary, and while working full-time for the HRPDC, he gained his Master’s degree (Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership) from The George Washington University in 2012.

Danielle Spach, All Hazards Emergency Management Planner

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Ms. Spach joined the HRPDC’s Emergency Management staff in 2019. Prior to joining HRPDC, Ms. Spach worked with the City of Virginia Beach and the City of Charlottesville/Albemarle County on various emergency management initiatives including sheltering, vulnerable population preparedness, and community education. As an All Hazards Emergency Management Planner, she will support the needs of the All-Hazards Advisory Committee (AHAC) and subcommittees through inclusive planning and will assist the Emergency Management Administrator with grant management. Ms. Spach is a native of Hampton Roads and is excited to work for the area she calls home.

Ms. Spach is a graduate of the University of Virginia.  She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2018 and a Master’s degree in Public Policy in 2019.




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723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320