Delaware County Declares Disaster Emergency in Response to Civil Disturbance

Delaware County

Delaware County Council Chairman Brian Zidek signed a Disaster Emergency Declaration on June 1 in response to civil disturbance, which has caused property damage and affected the safety, health and welfare of residents in Upper Darby Township and other municipalities in the county.

On May 31, some protests in response to the death of George Floyd devolved into civil disturbances in Upper Darby and other locations in the county. Businesses in Upper Darby suffered extensive property damage and additional law enforcement from neighboring municipalities and the National Guard were brought in to protect the safety of residents. Delaware County Council requested the National Guard over the weekend to assist Delaware County’s law enforcement. Over 600 Guardsmen have been placed on state active duty to provide support to local law enforcement.

The Emergency Declaration suspends certain County rules and regulations relating to limits on contracting and employment involving the emergency and will facilitate applications to the state government for emergency assistance from impacted businesses and residents.

The declaration will remain in effect until revoked in writing, or in seven days.