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Gov. Patrick Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Sandy’s Arrival

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WGGB) — Mass. Governor Deval Patrick has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.

Patrick signed the declaration Saturday at 12:45 p.m., prior to receiving a briefing at the MEMA headquarters in Framingham

The declaration will allow state officials to use all available resources and deploy them in a “swift and effective manner,” according to a statement from Patrick’s office.

In addition, Patrick has ordered the activation of the Mass. National Guard. Once Sandy reaches the state, their mission “will be to assist with evacuations, searches, and rescues” in addition to helping transport emergency personnel.

Members of the Guard will also asssist local law enforcement agencies with security and traffic control if needed.

ABC40 will have much more on the State of Emergency tonight on ABC40 News.

ABC40 continues to track Sandy as it churns in the Atlantic. Stay with us on-air, online, and on your mobile device for the latest.

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