Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a State of Emergency in order to prepare for the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville attack.
Multiple events have been scheduled around the anniversary date, and the Governor says that the State of Emergency will allow them to properly implement plans to handle the events. The Virginia National Guard will be available to provide aid.
“We have learned many lessons from the tragic events of August 12, 2017. For the anniversary of that difficult August weekend which resulted in three lost lives, the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia are working closely with law enforcement and public safety agencies from around Virginia to plan for potential events and to keep our city safe from violence,” said Charlottesville’s Interim City Manager Mike Murphy. “We join the Commonwealth in declaring a state of emergency in advance of these planned events to ensure all available resources are in place and that we are fully prepared to keep the peace in Charlottesville August 10–12.”