Gov. Chris Gregoire has issued a proclamation to make sure dairy products will be delivered.
The proclamation allows for the activation of the Washington National Guard and frees up state agencies to take extraordinary steps to help local jurisdictions during the ice storm.
“This is purely a precautionary measure,” Gregoire said in a press release. “So far, we haven’t received any requests for state assistance – but we know weather conditions are rapidly changing. I want to make sure we have every resource available to ensure our communities are safe. This proclamation would allow us to activate the National Guard if we need to.
“It also allows state agencies to respond quickly to any storm-related requests from cities and counties for state assistance. A brief waiver of the restrictions on dairy truck drivers’ work hours is needed now to avoid shipment delays that could mean the loss of nearly $1 million a day for
the state’s dairy industry.”