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Governor Called for Emergency Cabinet Meeting

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Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Governor called for Emergency Cabinet Meeting

Services available to miners & families addressed

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman called an emergency cabinet meeting this morning to coordinate State efforts in response to the trapped miners in Huntington.

The cabinet meeting was made up of those agencies that may be involved in the needs of the miners, their families and the community, including the Labor Commission, the departments of Public Safety, Human Services, Natural Resources, Transportation, Health and Workforce Services. They met to discuss efforts to provide services and aid pertaining to the health, safety and welfare of the families and the missing miners.

"The miners and their families are our main concern," Governor Huntsman said. "We will work to make sure they are receiving all the help they need as swiftly as possible."

Governor Huntsman is in Huntington, meeting with family members, local officials and Richard Strickler, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor over Mine Safety and Health Administration, who will be in Utah this morning.

Governor Huntsman will be at the next media briefing at the Emery County Command Post following a briefing with Secretary Strickler.

"We need to come together as a community through the duration of this tragedy and beyond. We must buoy up those who are anxiously awaiting the return of their loved ones and those who are desperately trying to find them," Governor Huntsman said. "Today we are all part of the mining community."

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