Trump Declares State Of Emergency In D.C. Ahead Of Biden Inauguration

The order, stemming from last week’s deadly riots at the Capitol, allows DHS and FEMA to assist the city in any emergency response.

President Trump on Monday declared an emergency in Washington, D.C., and ordered federal assistance in anticipation of possible untoward incidents during Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the request over the weekend amid growing concern about potential threats to the inauguration.

The President’s declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance for emergency actions under the Stafford Act.

The declaration reads, “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.”