DRAPER, Utah –
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah – The Utah National Guard cancels the 66th annual Governor’s Day due to a declared state of emergency in Utah after hurricane-level winds tore through northern Utah, including downtown Salt Lake City. Governor’s Day was scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020.
Governor’s Day is an event designed to provide the state commander in chief, Gov. Gary R. Herbert, an opportunity to review Utah National Guard units, and to honor service members and their families. However, three days prior to the scheduled event, Gov. Herbert signed Executive Order 2020-61, declaring a state of emergency due to the severe weather conditions which have impacted several counties across the state.
“This emergency has impacted residents in several counties. We have seen damage to homes, to critical infrastructures and to the environment,” said Gov. Herbert. “Issuing this declaration expedites the use of state resources and federal resources, as they are needed. I am impressed by all the Utahns who are stepping up to clear debris from their homes and neighborhoods. We stand together in our efforts to clean up, rebuild and move forward.”
Senior government and Utah National Guard leaders made the call to cancel the Governor’s Day event after assessing the extensive damage to critical infrastructure and its impact on fellow-Utahns.
“Right now, we need to focus on being prepared to assist our communities if we are needed,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley, the adjutant general, Utah National Guard. ”Soldiers and Airman of the Utah National Guard are honored to assist where we can, we are Always Ready, Always There!”
The Utah National Guard has unique capabilities and is trained to work with emergency responders. The Utah National Guard is ready to support the whole-of-government efforts during this state of emergency.
Each of the nearly 7,500 service members currently serving, is also a civilian, living and working in communities across the state. The Utah National Guard has a proven track record of answering the call to assist civilian authorities during emergencies.
Please direct all questions to Maj. Jaime Thomas, 801-716-9063, firstname.lastname@example.org.