The Resource Records of the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness

Records of the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness

Label
Records of the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, 1999-2006.
Title
Records of the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness
Inclusive dates
1999-2006.
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Language
eng
Summary
The Office of Commonwealth Preparedness records consist of forty-seven archival boxes and are divided into eight series. Series have been designated for Appointment Calendars, Cabinet Meeting Files, Constituent Correspondence, Correspondence, Homeland Security Threat Conditions, Secure Commonwealth Panel, and Supporting Documentation. These records document the work of the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness created by Governor Mark R. Warner under the Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness. The bulk of the records can be found in the Supporting Documentation series related to base closings, homeland security grants, the National Capital Region, and various office projects. In addition, the series on the Secure Commonwealth Panel represents an important function of the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness which operated under the chairmanship of the Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness. Significant series also relate to Constituent Correspondence & Correspondence. These series are invaluable in showing the concerns and interests of citizens, government officials, and other individuals regarding security, terrorism, and various other subjects
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness. (Search Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness as author).
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Office of Commonwealth Preparedness originated from Governor James Gilmore's Virginia Preparedness and Security Panel created after the September 11th terrorist attacks to better prevent and respond to such attacks in Virginia. Shortly thereafter, Governor-elect Mark R. Warner named John H. Hager to the newly created position of assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness, now a cabinet-level position, on 28 December 2001. Hager served as lieutenant governor under Governor James Gilmore and was a member of the Virginia Preparedness and Security Panel. On 31 January 2002, Governor Warner issued Executive Order 7, also known as the Secure Virginia Initiative, which rescinded Gilmore's Virginia Preparedness and Security Panel. Executive Order 7 also created the Secure Virginia Panel to review, evaluate, and make recommendations relating to emergency preparedness for the Commonwealth. The Secure Virginia Panel, which became the Secure Commonwealth Panel under Executive Order 69, was to consist of twenty members, later increased to twenty-eight members, under the Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness as chairman. The Office of Commonwealth Preparedness and the Secure Commonwealth Panel were later codified under 2.2-304 through 2.2-306 of the Code of Virginia.
  • The Office of Commonwealth Preparedness was created with the purpose of developing a coordinated security and preparedness strategy and implementation plan. The Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness, who is appointed by the governor for a term of four years, is responsible for the general management of the Office. In addition, the Assistant also serves as the point of contact with the federal Department of Homeland Security and as vice-chairman of the Virginia Military Advisory Council. As noted above, John H. Hager was appointed as the first Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness. Hager served in this capacity until 1 May 2004 when he was nominated by President George Bush as Assistant Secretary for Special Education. George Williamson Foresman, who served as Deputy Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness, succeeded Hager.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00895.xml
Note
Record Group 173 (Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness)
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
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Extent
16.45
Governing access note
Privacy protected and confidential information is restricted from public access for 75 years per Code of Virginia 42.1-78. Restricted records in this collection have been sealed but not removed from the collection. Types of sealed information may include, but are not limited to: security plans, vulnerability assessments, training manuals, etc
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Appointment Calendars, II. Cabinet Meeting Files, III. Constituent Correspondence, IV. Correspondence, V. Homeland Security Threat Conditions, VI. Secure Commonwealth Panel, and VII. Supporting Documentation.
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001546549
Type of unit
cu. ft. (47 boxes)

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Library Locations

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