Following Friday night's devastating storm, Maryland, Virginia and D.C. have all declared a state of emergency. With several people in the immediate are still without power, the D.C. government released the following statement yesterday afternoon:
"In response to yesterday’s devastating storm and searing temperatures, the Government of the District of Columbia has declared a state of emergency.
"The severity of the storm damage necessitates the declaration of a public emergency to enable District government to respond to emerging issues as expeditiously as possible," said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew. "I have surveyed several areas where trees have fallen and where crews are cleaning up and want to commend the dedicated workers who have been on the job since the storm ended and who will stay until all areas are cleaned and secured. I'd also like to commend the staff of our cooling facilities and other places of refuge, for keeping district residents safe and cool."
The declaration is effective June 30, 2012, and shall stay in effect for 15 days until and unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.
The order applies to all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the District government as provided in the District’s Response Plan (DRP) overseen by the Director of DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA).
The Chief Financial Officer of the District is authorized to approve the disbursement of all appropriations necessary to carry out the order.
The state of emergency authorizes the City Administrator, in coordination with the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Director of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and the Chief Financial Officer to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal, private or non-profit disaster relief and recovery organizations to recoup expenditures incurred, or obtain funding needed, under this order.
The office of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell also released a statement addressing the dangerous conditions, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley followed suit shortly after. With temperatures still lurking around 100 degrees in the able, the end of June and the beginning of July have been all but pleasant in the DMV.