FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Nov. 20, 1996, 3:50
Lowry proclaims Spokane County emergency
OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry today
(Nov. 20) proclaimed a state of emergency in Spokane County because
of yesterday's snow and ice storm and accompanying power outages.
The proclamation was signed at 3:28 p.m. this afternoon.
Lowry's proclamation activates the state's Comprehensive Emergency
Management Plan and directs state agencies to support emergency
response activities in Spokane County. State actions are coordinated
through the State Emergency Operations Center in Olympia.
Spokane County and the City of Spokane both declared states of
emergency yesterday in response to what officials called one of
the area's worst ice storms on record.
Six shelters in Spokane County provided food and shelter to approximately
300 people overnight who had lost power and heat to their homes.
More than 100,000 customers in Spokane County were without power
at the peak of the winter storm. Local utilities officials say
many of the power outages may not be restored until this weekend.
For more information contact the Governor's Communications Office
at 360-753-6790 or Rob Harper, Washington State Emergency Management
a severe snow and ice storm causing extensive power outages beginning
on November 19, 1996, in Washington State and threatening the
citizens of Spokane County and the City of Spokane; and
the Washington State Military Department has implemented the state's
Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, coordinating resources
to support local officials in alleviating the immediate social
and economic impacts to people and property and assessing the
magnitude of the disaster. The severity and magnitude of the destruction
from freezing rain and snow are beyond the capabilities of the
affected political subdivisions;
I, Mike Lowry, Governor of the state of Washington as a result
of the aforementioned situation and under RCW 43.06 and 38.52,
do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in Spokane
County and direct the implementation of the Washington State Comprehensive
Emergency Management Plan. State agencies and departments are
directed to utilize state resources and to do everything possible
to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to cope
with the emergency. Additionally, the Washington State Military
Department, Emergency Management is instructed to coordinate all
state disaster-related assistance to the affected areas.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the state of
Washington to be affixed at Olympia, this twentieth day of November,
A.D., nineteen hundred and ninety-six.
Signed by Mike Lowry, Governor of Washington
Attested to by Michelle Burkheimer,
Acting Deputy Secretary of State