GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Police said there is "No National Shutdown - This is False Information."
In a Nixle alert, the police said, "There is a purposeful Internet misrepresentation campaign in effect claiming an imminent national shutdown evoking the Stafford Act.”
According to Internet sources, "The Stafford Act authorizes the president to declare a major disaster or emergency in response to an incident or threatened incident that overwhelms the response capability of state or local governments."
On March 13, in a letter to his staff, President Donald Trump evoked the Stafford Act:
I have determined that the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency determination under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”).
My decision to make this determination pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford Act is based on the fact that our entire country is now facing a significant public health emergency.
While the Stafford Act is in effect, Glen Rock Police said the national shutdown threat is false information and instructs the public to ignore this Internet misrepresentation.