Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Governor John Hoeven was on his way to Washington, D.C. this morning when the terrorist attack happened.
Hoeven was getting ready to board his connecting flight...when it was canceled. He wanted to return to North Dakota via the state airplane -- but the FAA said "no." So, Hoeven is driving to Fargo -- and will hold a news conference there later this afternoon.
Hoeven is asking people to stay calm...and says extra security precautions are in place...
"We've activated the Emergency Operation Center at the Division of Emergency Management, Highway Patrol has increased security at the capitol, we're limiting deliveries there, we've asked all of our agency heads to take extra precautions today, we've had calls from schools, universities and so forth, and again we're asking them to use extra care but use their discretion. We feel students can stay in school but again, be alert, use extra precautions and use local discretion in how to handle the situtation."
Hoeven has activated the state's emergency operation center, and put all state agencies and security forces on heightened alert, including the National Guard and the Highway Patrol. He has also directed the Emergency Management Division to notify all state agency heads to alert their staffs to any unusual activity on or around state property.
In addition, Hoeven said he has directed the Highway Patrol to increase surveillance on property and at public facilities throughout the state.
"We need to take prudent steps in North Dakota and around the country to prevent any further harm to our people," Hoeven said. "North Dakotans should feel secure that the state is taking appropriate measures to protect the public."
Hoeven will hold a news conference this afternon at about 4:30 p.m., in the Main Atrium of the Alumni Center at North Dakota State University in Fargo. He will discuss measures to provide security and additional preparedness for North Dakota as a result of today's tragic events.