July 15, 2013  //  


By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution in the Governor of the
Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:


WHEREAS, the Emergency Services and Disaster Act of 1973 established the Office of Emergency Services to assist in protecting the Commonwealth and its residents from the effects of natural and man-made disasters, representing a shift in focus from the early Office of Civil Defense in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Office of Emergency Services was to insure that the Commonwealth and its localities were adequately prepared to deal with emergencies and to protect public peace, health and safety, as well as to preserve the lives, property and economic well-being of the people of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, providing emergency services has evolved to a contemporary profession of emergency management that requires expertise in planning for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating disasters; and

WHEREAS, local emergency management coordinators prepare and maintain effective emergency operations plans; coordinate and administer preparedness programs with multiple government partners and voluntary organizations; provide resources in the event of disasters and emergencies; and train citizens to be ready for emergencies of all types; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s emergency management system has coordinated the response and recovery efforts for 39 federally declared disasters as well as a significant number of local and state emergencies since 1973; and

WHEREAS, the month of July 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of modern emergency management in Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize July 21-27, 2013 as EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund