Executive Document

This executive document was published in the 02/01/2002, issue, Vol. 2002, No. 3, of the Utah State Bulletin.

Governor, Administration: Executive Order: "State of Emergency" Exists Within the State of Utah Due to the Threat to Public Safety, Property, and the Environment Posed by the XIX Olympic Winter Games

Issued: 1/23/2002


WHEREAS, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will be held February 8-24, 2002, in the Salt Lake City area and environs; and

WHEREAS, multiple Olympic venue and non-venue communities will be affected by the conduct of the Games, many of which are remote, sparsely populated and possess limited emergency response capabilities; and

WHEREAS, many thousands of Utah residents and visitors to the state are expected to attend the Games, placing a significant strain on critical infrastructure, public safety and human services, and public and private sector resources throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, immediate action is required to secure and protect critical infrastructure in Utah and to protect the safety, health and welfare of Utah residents, our visitors, and to safeguard public and private property and the environment; and,

WHEREAS, the threats posed from acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, severe winter weather and other natural and technological hazards are especially high throughout the period of the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Utah; and

WHEREAS, these conditions do create a disaster emergency within the intent of the Disaster Response and Recovery Act of 1981,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael O. Leavitt, Governor of the State of Utah by virtue of the power vested in me by the constitution and the laws of the State of Utah,

DO HEREBY ORDER THAT: It is found, determined, and declared that an imminent "State of Emergency" exists within the State of Utah due the threat to public safety, property, and the environment posed by the XIX Olympic Winter Games; and,

That the State of Utah is declared to be an imminent "Disaster Area" requiring aid, assistance, and relief available pursuant to the provisions of state statutes and the State Emergency Operations Plan, which is hereby activated; and,

That selected members of the Utah National Guard are called to State Active Duty fulfilling various assignments throughout Utah during the XIX Olympic Winter Games to provide expanded security, crowd management, law enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, response to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), WMD mutual aid, and other important services for a period not to exceed 30 days, effective January 23, 2002.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Utah. Done at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, this 23rd day of January, 2002.

(State Seal)

Michael O. Leavitt


Olene S. Walker
Lieutenant Governor


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