WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY?

State, county, and local executives can declare states of emergency in order to activate emergency operations centers, get easier access to state and federal disaster funding, and allow rule changes to be made more quickly in order to help residents survive the incident.  A state of emergency does not necessarily mean that martial law has been declared, that there is a curfew in place, or that people are confined to their homes.  Declaring a state of emergency is a tool that government leaders use to address many different types of emergency situations in order to better protect individuals from harm.  If government officials decide to restrict travel or require people to remain in their homes, that order will be issued separately.