Virginia Fusion Center


Awareness Through Information Sharing

VFC SHIELD was established to increase community awareness of criminal and terrorism trends and incidents within the Commonwealth, United States and across the world.  The VFC SHIELD motto is “awareness through information sharing”.  Information sharing  increases preparedness, mitigation and prevention efforts which makes our communities safer.  In addition, VFC SHIELD connects members with available resources and sector specific content.
The VFC SHIELD program is intended for both the public and private sectors, as well as civic & local community groups.
VFC SHIELD is a completely FREE outreach program.



Once signed up, members can expect to receive regular emails from VFC SHIELD.  Email communications will generally fall into one of three categories: Alerts, Sector Specific Bulletins, and newsletters.

All information made available through the VFC SHIELD program is unclassified and is derived through open sources. Redistribution is highly encouraged

Alerts are timely SMS based notifications of a significant security or terrorism related event within United States.  There are often multiple messages for each incident, as information becomes available and situations evolve.  

Below is an example of what an Alert message would look like.

Sector Specific Bulletins  include security trends, threat environment or mitigation information specific to a member sector.  If you sign up for this product, you will receive sector specific information based on the category you indicated during registration. 

Below is an example of a Sector Specific Bulletins for the Heath Care Sector. 


Who is eligible to join VFC SHIELD?

Although VFC SHIELD is open to all, there are specific groups and sectors which may find the program particularly beneficial.  This includes both the public and private sectors, as well as community organizations.

VFC SHIELD is a member of the Global SHIELD Network, which connects SHIELD programs from all over the world.  The SHIELD concept was started by the New York City Police Department and quickly grew to be adopted nationally and internationally.  The Global SHIELD Network results in unprecedented information sharing and resource collaboration.

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