What is a State of Emergency?
A State of Emergency allows state agencies to bypass some time-consuming paperwork and procedures in the interest of quickly getting assistance to local governments, and in turn to Virginia’s residents. It can:
- Can designate specific areas or localities, or it can be statewide. It affects state agencies that have an active role in disaster response.
- May be given verbally, with the written Executive Order to follow a few days later.
- Stays in effect for a year or more in most cases and covers residual project and repair costs stemming from the emergency.
- Implements the Commonwealth’s Emergency Operations Plan and allows state agencies to take extraordinary measures to assist local governments and deal with the emergency.
- Serves as the mechanism for activating the Virginia National Guard for state service.
- Provides liability coverage for volunteers and private entities assisting in local or state response efforts.
A State of Emergency does NOT automatically grant leave to state employees. State employees who have questions about their work schedule during an emergency should contact their agency’s human resource department or the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management.