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Press Release: For Immediate Release March 15, 2020

Post Date:03/16/2020 10:17 AM

City of Del Rio                                                                                Contact: Anita Pruneda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Public Relations Manager

Press Release                                                                                   Phone: 830-775-0325

March 15, 2020                                                        Email: anita.pruneda@cityofdelrio.com

 

 

COVID-19 LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE

PREPAREDNESS AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

TAKING THE NEXT STEPS

 

Del Rio, Texas – The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for the City of Del Rio and Val Verde County are working together to continue monitoring and coordinating efforts in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The LEPC is committed to updating the local community with current information as it is received. The City of Del Rio/Val Verde County has not had any cases of confirmed COVID-19 at this time.

 

Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing is one major way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Cough into your elbow and do not touch your face. Stay more than 3 feet apart from others and if you are sick, stay home.

 

The City of Del Rio/Val Verde County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is used as a planning resource and tool to assist in coordination of various agencies and resources. If activated to a Level 2, all community efforts are processed through the center in order to ensure all messaging, planning efforts, protocols and response activities are being conducted in coordination with other involved agencies. The EOC has 4 activation levels.

LEVEL 4: Lowest level and normal conditions

LEVEL 3: Increased monitoring and coordination (current level)

LEVEL 2: Comprehensive agency coordination, regular briefings, resource and protocol development, partial staffing during specific hours, limited call center and various other components activated.

LEVEL 1: Highest level of activity. All agencies, all components, and up to 24/7-hour staffing to manage planning, response and recovery efforts.

The EOC is capable of functioning 24/7 and by coordinating community planning and response efforts through the center, it can reduce duplication of efforts and maintaining effective and consistent communication.

Changes in the level of activation at the City of Del Rio and Val Verde County EOC will be shared with the public as any changes take place.

For more information on the LEPC/EOC, please contact the City of Del Rio Emergency Operations Manager, John Sheedy, at 830-768-1286.

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