The City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir today declared a state of emergency to prepare for potential risk to public health and safety.
“I am today declaring a state of emergency as outlined in our City Charter to preserve the peace, property and safety of our citizens,” Mayor Weir said. “We have detailed emergency plans in place for each of our departments and with this declaration these emergency operation plans have been activated. We will make a detailed announcement tomorrow with the changes citizens and the public will see to City services and operations.”
In addition to the declaration of emergency, the Mayor has called a special council meeting tomorrow, March 13, at 6 p.m.
“At this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Independence area,” City Manager’s Designee as Health Director Christina Heinen said. “However, we urge citizens to take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families healthy. This includes regular hand washing, avoiding large events especially if you are in a vulnerable population for this disease, and staying home when you are sick.”
To protect the health of communities and healthcare workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has encouraged all citizens to call ahead to their doctor if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses and wait for further advice from their healthcare providers. In the event of an emergency, please continue to call 9-1-1.
The City of Independence has developed a website with information from the City, State of Missouri, and the CDC to keep residents informed of this changing situation. You can find it here, indep.us/coronavirus.