Code of Virginia

Reporting directly to the Secretary of Public Safety and the Governor of Virginia, VDEM works under the broad authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000, as amended:

Legal Authority

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Title 44-146.13 - 44-146.40; Code of Virginia

  • Declare State of Emergency*
  • Control and Regulate Resources*
  • Direct Mandatory Evacuation
  • Commit State Resources
  • Expend "Sum Sufficient" Monies
  • Suspend Normal Procurement Procedures*
  • Request Federal Assistance
  • All Actions Necessary for Protection of the Public
  • Pre-Delegation of Authority

* Authority vested to local directors of emergency management