Unless you were completely unplugged and detached from the world in the past week, you’ve probably seen there are multiple riots across the nation. Civil unrest has been seen in 23 states and the District of Columbia. After some prompting from the president, some states have declared a state of emergency, and called for extra resources.
— National Guard (@USNationalGuard) May 31, 2020
Many cities have asked for help in controlling the riots, events which began as protests in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody. But of the 62,000 members activated, the National Guard had previously been called to help with other challenges. Guard members are still active from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in a response to the need for relief from natural disasters, such as wildfires. Though the overall mission is to assist local authorities, the National Guard has been extinguishing fires, controlling traffic, and providing transportation and communication.
The Guard estimated an activation of 16,000 members to help control riots in major cities throughout the US. Some of them are under Martial Law. When things get this serious, we urge you to stay safe at home as much as possible, but also be prepared to defend yourself, home and loved ones or vacate the premises.
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