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Bill Signing for Emergency Preparedness, Photograph, 2002


Governor Mark Warner signed the Emergency Preparedness Executive Order (7) on Jan. 31, 2002. This order launched the Secure Virginia Initiative, established the Secure Virginia Panel, directed state agencies to prepare or update emergency response plans, and designated points of contact within the administration for federal cooperation on homeland security. John Hager, Governor's Assistant for Commonwealth Preparedness, was appointed the chair of the Secure Virginia Panel.

According to Governor Warner: “September 11th and the frightening anthrax scare that followed taught us in a profound way that we must do much more to make ourselves less vulnerable to terrorism. This first round of common sense reforms can be enacted quickly and without a prohibitive price tag. I look forward to the next set of recommendations and the opportunities they may present for Virginians to help fight the war on terror.”

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Citation: Governor Mark R. Warner, Press Office records, 2001-2006 (bulk 2002-2006), accession 42460, Box 59, cd 2, 1-31-02Bill Signing\650CANON, Manuscripts Collection, Library of Virginia


VS.I, VS.9, USII.1, USII.8, USII.9, VUS.1, VUS.15

Suggested Questions

Virginia Validation: Why do you think Governor Warner felt Virginia needed the Secure Virginia Initiative in addition to the the newly created Department of Homeland Security? What is special about the Commonwealth compared to other states in regards to terrorist threats?

Current Connections: Politicians on both sides of the aisle are known for having photos of specific events become famous. What photos from the news stick in your mind regarding Virginia and/or national politicians? Why are they iconic?


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