By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Governor Tom Wolf issues emergency declaration authorizes National Guard, “to activate personnel and use resources as necessary”

Governor Tom Wolf issues emergency declaration authorizes National Guard, “to activate personnel and use resources as necessary”

Harrisburg, PA

Governor Tom Wolf late last night signed a disaster emergency declaration using his authority to provide all necessary assistance to municipalities as they respond to the escalation of protests in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

“People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but it’s unacceptable to take advantage of protests to incite violence, harm others and destroy property,” Gov. Wolf said. “This declaration authorizes the commonwealth and its agencies to assist municipalities in their response to de-escalate violence and keep our communities safe.”

The declaration authorizes the Adjutant General of the PA National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner to activate personnel and use resources as necessary to alleviate the danger to public health and safety caused by this emergency.

The declaration allocates $2 million in unused appropriated funds to PEMA for Emergency Management Assistance Compact expenses related to this emergency, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, and transfer up to $4 million in unused appropriated funds, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, to the PEMA for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency. Any unused funds will be returned to the General Fund.