Christine Altman
Christine Altman
The Hamilton County Commissioners have declared a local disaster emergency and authorized the furnishing of aid and assistance through the Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center. The local ordinance (Ord. No. 8-23-10-B § 3, 8-23-2010) was signed this morning and will remain in effect until Friday, November 27th.
Hamilton County has taken the necessary precautions to protect its community, employees, and volunteers, but the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases has placed an immeasurable strain on resources and could soon exhaust emergency funding.
“Unfortunately, with the spike of COVID cases in the county and central Indiana the Commissioners foresee the need for additional resources to deal with this pandemic,” said County Commissioner Christine Altman. “The Emergency Declaration will enable the County and our Emergency Management Agency to move quickly to procure necessary supplies, personnel, and equipment and to qualify for emergency funding.”
The disaster emergency declaration provides the Executive Director of Emergency Management the power to coordinate response and recovery as well as request assistance and potential reimbursements from the State of Indiana as well as the appropriate federal agencies. A disaster emergency declaration must be reapproved every week.
“In the meantime, we ask everyone to take action to protect themselves and as importantly to protect others from this virus,” Altman concluded. “Our mission has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of our residents. We hope that everyone will consider the impact to our friends and family in how we celebrate the upcoming holidays.”