An Agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Emergency Support Team (VEST) Status: Monitoring

VEOC Activation Status: Orange

VEST Exercises

This section is a part of Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST)


The Virginia Emergency Support Team Exercise (VESTEX); conducted annually is intended to prepare the Commonwealth of Virginia for potential threats by measuring current capabilities, policies, and procedures against the requirement to properly mitigate, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disasters impacting the Commonwealth. VESTEX is a requirement in the Code of Virginia: Section 44-146.17:2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the annual statewide drill, was approved April 12, 2004. The law reads as follows: The Governor shall conduct an annual statewide drill on response to a large-scale disaster including, but not limited to, electrical power outages. Such drill shall include the participation of local governments, affected state agencies, public utilities, law enforcement agencies, and other entities as determined by the Governor. The Governor shall submit a report to the General Assembly on the results of the drill by November 30 of each year. The report shall be delivered to the chairs of the House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety and the Senate Committee on General Laws.


FEMA requires states that house nuclear power plants to conduct and exercise every 2 years for each nuclear power plant in the state. Virginia has two Dominion owned plants (North Anna and Surry) and therefore conducts VOPEX (Virginia Operations Plan Exercise) on an annual basis alternating facilities each year.

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