Wolf signs proclamation of disaster emergency in Philadelphia

HARRISBURG – After days of unrest, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency to provide additional support to Philadelphia.

“Over the last few days, hundreds of people have gathered to peacefully speak out against social injustice, but their voices are being drowned out by others who are taking advantage of this fragile time in their city to sow mayhem and discord,” Wolf said. “I signed this proclamation so commonwealth resources can be provided quickly to protect lives and property.”

The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation.

The time-consuming bidding and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.

The action comes after several days of unrest following the shooting death by two members of the Philadelphia Police Department of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old black man who was wielding a knife.

The Proclamation of Disaster Emergency is effective for a 90-day period unless sooner rescinded or extended by official action of the governor.