Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she asked President Donald Trump and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to make a declaration of a disaster for the D.C. area to allow for more resources, adding that public gathering permits should be canceled between Jan. 10 and Jan. 24.
Here’s the full statement from the White House:
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021.
The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.
Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Thomas J. Fargione as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.
Up to 15,000 National Guard troops deployed around DC on Inauguration Day
The National Guard confirmed that up to 15,000 troops will be authorized to be deployed around Washington D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
“Right now, we have approximately 6,200 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 6 states and the District of Columbia on the ground in the NCR [National Capital Region] supporting civilian authorities,” said Gen. Daniel Hokanson in a statement on Monday.
The general noted that he’s received requests from the Secret Service, Capitol Police, and Park Police for guardsmen to be deployed in the city.
They have also “been authorized to provide up to 15,000 Guard members to meet current and future inauguration support requirements,” he said. “To date, our troops have been requested to support security, logistics, liaison, and communication missions.”
Wolf said Monday that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will start “the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th.”
A U.S. presidential inauguration traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the U.S. capital, but the ceremonies have been scaled back dramatically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.