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Governor Hogan issues emergency declaration for inauguration

January 16th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday declared a state of emergency related to the presidential inauguration.

The order will allow the state to coordinate support and provide assistance in Maryland and neighboring jurisdictions. Hogan also asked the White House for a presidential disaster declaration to reimburse state and local governments for costs incurred in their response to last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“The state of Maryland will continue to do everything we possibly can to secure our nation’s capital and to ensure the peaceful transition of power,” said Hogan said in a statement. “We did not hesitate to provide critical support during the January 6 insurrection, and will continue to work closely with allied agencies, local governments, and our federal partners to support the inaugural ceremonies.” 

There are 1,000 Maryland National Guard members in Washington. They are joined by state troopers and officers from local police departments.

Hogan also asked federal officials to waive the cost-sharing typically required by federal law due to the inauguration's nature as a federal event and the fiscal impact of disasters including the coronavirus pandemic.

Hogan's declaration authorizes the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other offices to deploy and coordinate resources to support local agencies. Maryland may also receive assistance from other states under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Residents are being advised against going into Washington for the inauguration. MARC service will be suspended from Sunday through Wednesday and many Metro stations will be closed.