The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, provides that the Head of Council may declare an emergency in the municipality and to take such action and make such orders as he or she considers necessary to implement the emergency plan and to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the emergency area. Generally, emergencies are declared during a significant event like an ice storm, train derailment or other disaster when the ability to provide services from local resources fails to meet the demand. The Declaration is often linked to accessing funding from the provincial government.
In consultation with staff, particularly the Village of Westport Community Emergency Management Coordinator & CAO Mr Paul Snider, I have done daily risk assessments for the Village of Westport in relation to COVID-19. To date, the community members have been 99% compliant with all of the orders made by the Provincial Government after declaring its emergency.
In the past few days, there has been a noticeable change in the number of people who do not live in the village or surrounding township, now spending time in Westport and shopping in our stores. Every, I repeat every government and public health authority are stating in bold language that the only way for us to avoid having the number of infected people and deaths as other countries is to remain at home.
With a view to the next few weeks and the measures that we might need to take in the Village to keep that safety net in place, I declared an Emergency at 4:10 p.m.today. I want to be proactive and the declaration of an emergency gives me real time decision making authority. As both other orders of government have stated, everything is on the table to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the protection of property and the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Village of Westport.
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Some people have nothing better to do…. I am looking at plan B. Several people have sent suggestions so I will be in touch.
I hope you are ready to experiment having a virtual coffee break tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 2) at 10:00. We will be using Zoom and there are a couple of things you need to know.
If you are using an IPAD or tablet, you need to download the Zoom.us app. If you are using a desktop computer, you should be able to connect directly.
Next, if you are reading this on my Facebook page, you should be able to click on the link on the invitation and connect. If you are reading this on my web page you need to copy the link on the invitation and paste it in your search bar or address bar.
It sounds a little complicated, but you can do it!!! So let’s have some fun and get caught up with our morning coffee tomorrow morning.
Coffee at home with the Mayor “Zoom Meeting”
Time: Apr 2, 2020 10:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://zoom.us/j/769742228
Meeting ID: 769 742 228