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Virginia Executive Order No. 12 Declaration of A State of Emergency Due to Severe Winter Weather

Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Governor

Executive Order

NUMBER 12 (2022)


Importance of the Issue

On this date, January 20, 2022, I declare that a state of emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia to prepare and coordinate our response to severe winter weather. The Virginia Emergency Operations Center has been actively monitoring the movement of two major winter weather systems heading toward Virginia, with anticipated tracks showing impacts of the first beginning tomorrow Thursday, January 20, 2022, and the second arriving shortly after on Friday, January 21, 2022. The National Weather Service is still refining its forecasts based on real-time data, but initial forecasts are predicting impactful to highly impactful snow, sleet, ice, and freezing rain across broad swaths of the Commonwealth, to include higher impacts in the same area affected by recent events over the last two weeks. These upcoming weather systems are likely to include additional downed trees, more electrical outages, and significant impacts on travel conditions.

Given the storm’s current forecast, the Commonwealth is leaning forward to assist localities, especially those with vulnerable populations to provide support in the complex incident of two large-scale winter weather events, hitting the same portions of the Commonwealth, while also coordinating continued COVID operations. Pre-positioning response assets and supplies will be necessary to assist our local and state partners whose resources have been severely strained by the first event. The Virginia Emergency Support Team plans to activate for this incident.

The anticipated effects of this situation constitute a disaster as described in § 44-146.16 of the Code of Virginia (Code). Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, by §§ 44-146.17 and 44-75.1 of the Code, as Governor and Director of Emergency Management and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth’s armed forces, I proclaim a state of emergency. Accordingly, I direct state and local governments to render appropriate assistance to prepare for this event, to alleviate any conditions resulting from the situation, and to implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities so as to return impacted areas to pre-event conditions as much as possible. Emergency services shall be conducted in accordance with § 44-146.13 et seq. of the Code.


In order to marshal all public resources and appropriate preparedness, response, and recovery measures, I order the following actions:

  1. Implementation by state agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Operations Plan, as amended, along with other appropriate state plans.
  2. Activation of the Virginia Emergency Operations Center and the Virginia Emergency Support Team, as directed by the State Coordinator of Emergency Management, to coordinate the provision of assistance to state, local, and tribal governments and to facilitate emergency services assignments to other agencies.
  3. Authorization for the heads of executive branch agencies, on behalf of their regulatory boards as appropriate, and with the concurrence of their Cabinet Secretary, to waive any state requirement or regulation, and enter into contracts without regard to normal procedures or formalities, and without regard to application or permit fees or royalties. All waivers issued by agencies shall be posted on their websites.
  4. Activation of § 59.1-525 et seq. of the Code related to price gouging.
  5. Authorization of a maximum of $350,000 in state sum sufficient funds for state and local government mission assignments and state response and recovery operations authorized and coordinated through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management allowable by The Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq. Included in this authorization is $250,000 for the Department of Military Affairs.
  6. Activation of the Virginia National Guard to State Active Duty.

Effective Date of this Executive Order

This Executive Order shall be effective January 20, 2022, and shall remain in full force and in effect until February 19, 2022, unless sooner amended or rescinded by further executive order. Termination of this Executive Order is not intended to terminate any federal type benefits granted or to be granted due to injury or death as a result of service under this Executive Order.

Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this 20th day of January 2022.

Glenn Youngkin, Governor


Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth

Last updated: Thursday, January 20, 2022