Trump Expected to Declare National State of Emergency

Travelers wait for luggage wearing face protection at Sky Harbor Airport on March 12, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Travelers wait for luggage wearing face protection at Sky Harbor Airport on March 12, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency Friday, invoking the Stafford Act to lend federal aid for states and municipalities struggling with the coronavirus.

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According to several reports, the president is expected to announce the national state of emergency at 3 p.m. ET.

From Bloomberg:

Trump spoke Friday with Emmanuel Macron, the French president tweeted, about the pandemic, and agreed to organize a video conference with world leaders on Monday to coordinate research efforts on a vaccine and treatments and work on how to respond to the economic fallout.

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The White House has been under tremendous pressure to ramp up efforts to combat the global pandemic after a lackluster start. Governors and mayors across the country have been asking for help to relieve stress caused by canceling public events and school closings.

According to Bloomberg, “Declaring a national emergency would allow the government to marshal additional resources to combat the virus, and also marks a symbolic turning point for the president, who has repeatedly compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu and insisted that his administration had the outbreak under control.”

Senate Democrats basically begged Trump to invoke the Stafford Act “and other disaster declaration requests,” which releases some $42 billion in funding for states in distress.

“An emergency declaration would allow a state to request a 75% federal cost-share for expenses that include emergency workers, medical tests, medical supplies, vaccinations, security for medical facilities, and more,” Bloomberg reports.

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The last emergency declaration for a public health threat was in 2000 when then-President Bill Clinton declared a state of emergency in New York and New Jersey in response to the West Nile Virus.

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Some things to think about other than toilet paper:

  • Contact your doctor and see if you can stock up on any prescriptions you may need going forward. You may need to get your insurance to give permission for 90 day scripts.
  • If you have pets, don’t forget to stock up on pet food. They can’t eat toilet paper.
  • If you have to leave the house to do laundry, you may want to think how that’s going to happen when the laundromats close. Maybe pick up some extra socks and underwear now.
  • When stocking up on food, think high-protein and high-calorie. Don’t waste your calories on chips and sweets. If you have to end up rationing your food because the supply chains get squeezed, you’ll be glad you bought tuna.
  • If you don’t have a solar or battery-powered radio, maybe get one.
  • Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 filled.

Call me crazy, but I’ve been right about this virus since January. I’d rather be crazy than dead.