President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration

President Donald J. Trump approved an emergency declaration for District of Columbia Emergency, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021.

The U.S. President Donald J. Trump authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.

Under Title V of the Stafford Act, the President has the authority to declare an on behalf of an area that is under Federal jurisdiction, which includes Washington, DC.
The President will be able to:

  • Direct any federal agency to use its resources to aid the state or local government in emergency assistance efforts.
  • Coordinate all disaster relief assistance and assist with the distribution of food, medicine and other vital supplies to the affected public.
  • Provide assistance with debris removal and provide any needed emergency assistance.
  • Authority to provide accelerated federal assistance when it has not yet been requested.