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Imperial Valley prepares for post-Election Day reactions

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Businesses and law enforcement watching out for unrest - News 11's Gianella Ghiglino

El CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)- Businesses and law enforcement around the country are preparing for potential civil unrest following Election Day. 

For the first time in its 25-year history, the International Crisis Group, an organization whose mission is to “sound the alarm to prevent deadly conflict,” issued an in-depth report this week on the U.S. elections, saying the country faces an “unfamiliar danger..” 

California Governor Gavin Newsom says that California will take several precautions for whatever may happen after the polls close. 

Imperial County police department says their main priority tomorrow is making sure everyone has the ability to vote.

“We’re not gonna have extra patrol but we will have our investigators in uniform just in case something does happen,” said Sgt.  Max Shessield of Imperial Police Department. 

 All Valley Urgent Care Center says they are not worried about people contracting the virus at the polls however they are prepared to test as many people as possible following the elections.

“I'm not suspecting with the election being tomorrow we will be seeing more positive cases than we’re already seeing because it already falls and so the number of cases is going up and the number of testing is going up we saw a lot last month,” said Brian Tyson, Doctor. 

Election anxiety has also been on the rise and the Sure Helpline Center says they are preparing to offer 24-hour services to locals who need it.

“We are a bit concerned with people who are experiencing this tension sort of speak and if you need to talk to someone, let it out go for a long walk if you have a dog or cat take them for a walk and that will hopefully settle some concern and if not give us a call we’re here,” said Gilbert Grijalva, Sure Helpline Center Programs Manager.  

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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