Executive Document

This executive document was published in the 10/15/2001, issue, Vol. 2001, No. 20, of the Utah State Bulletin.

Governor, Administration: Executive Order: "State of Emergency" in Utah Because of the Terrorist Attack on the United States

Issued: 9/27/2001


State of Emergency

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., and in the airspace over Pennsylvania resulted in considerable loss of life and property;

WHEREAS, these attacks were carried out through the hijacking of four commercial jet aircraft by force;

WHEREAS, as a result of these attacks, at least 6,500 persons remain missing, or are known to be fatalities, many thousands of other injured persons have been reported, and extensive damage has resulted to private and public property;

WHEREAS, immediate action is required to secure and protect local, state, national and international airports in the United States to ensure the safety and health of the general public, and to safeguard public and private property;

WHEREAS, the President of the United States has requested all state governors to call up necessary National Guard personnel to provide increased security at airports across the country, with attendant costs to be reimbursed by the federal government;

WHEREAS, the Utah National Guard, in response to the President's request, will be deployed September 28, 2001 to commercial airports in Utah to provide expanded security during hours of operation; and

WHEREAS, these conditions create a disaster emergency under Title 63, Chapter 5a of the Utah Code;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is found, determined, and declared that a state of emergency exists within the state of Utah due to the terrorist attack on the United States; that the state of Utah is declared to be a disaster area requiring aid, assistance, and relief available pursuant to the provisions of state statutes; and that selected members of the Utah National Guard are called to state active duty to provide increased security at Utah commercial airports for a period not to exceed six (6) months.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Utah to be affixed at Salt Lake City, Utah this 27th day of September, 2001.

(State Seal)

Michael O. Leavitt


Olene S. Walker
Lieutenant Governor


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