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May 18, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Gov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response

When it comes to a crisis, preparedness is everything, and Governor Tom Wolf stressed the critical roles the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA National Guard play in coordinating the state's preparedness and response to COVID-19. He was joined at a press conference by PEMA director Randy Padfield and PA National Guard Colonel Frank Montgomery.

"Pennsylvania has a great team working behind the scenes to coordinate our response to the coronavirus," Gov. Wolf said. "I want to reassure all Pennsylvanians that we are in good hands with the teams at PEMA and the National Guard. The training and planning that they do year-round is tested during exercises, and all of that experience is being acted upon now."

Along with the Department of Health (DOH), PEMA has been monitoring the virus since January, establishing the DOH's operations center at PEMA before the virus was first detected in the United States.