FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Nov. 21, 1996, 3:30 pm

Lowry activates Washington National Guard for Spokane County emergency

OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry today (Nov. 21) activated the Washington National Guard to help Spokane County authorities respond to the effects of a Nov. 19 winter storm and accompanying power outages. The proclamation was signed at 12:40 p.m. this afternoon.

Lowry's proclamation authorizes Maj. Gen. Gregory P. Barlow, The Adjutant General, to call Washington National Guard members into state active duty to provide emergency assistance and law enforcement support to state agencies and local jurisdictions.

Spokane County officials today formally asked the state for 15 generators to provide pumping capability for the water supply system and for local fire districts. More than 48,000 customers in Spokane remained without electrical power this morning. Six shelters in Spokane provided food and shelter to approximately 600 people overnight who had lost power and heat to their homes. Local utilities officials say many of the power outages may not be restored for several days.

Barlow said the Washington National Guard equipment and personnel primarily will come from the Spokane area. He said the 256th Combat Communications Group of the Washington Air National Guard will provide the generators.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Olympia will remain activated 24 hours a day until further notice to support Spokane County's response to the storm emergency.

# # #

For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790 or Rob Harper, Washington State Emergency Management Division, 360-438-7737.



WHEREAS, extensive power outages caused by a winter snow and ice storm are threatening the health and safety of the permanent and transient populations of Spokane County;

NOW THEREFORE, 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 amend the Proclamation of November 20, 1996.

Pursuant to the authority vested in me by RCW 38.08.040, I hereby authorize The Adjutant General of the state of Washington to call the Washington National Guard into active service of the state for the duration of the emergency, in such numbers as he deems appropriate, to provide emergency assistance and law enforcement support to state agencies and local jurisdictions.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the state of Washington to be affixed at Olympia this 21st day of November A.D., Nineteen Hundred Ninety-six.

Signed by Mike Lowry, Governor of Washington

Attested to by Tracy A Guerin, Acting Deputy Secretary of State