The West Lane Emergency Operations Group (WLEOG) met Friday, March 20, to implement the West Lane Emergency Operations Plan and stand up its Emergency Operations Center in conjunction with regional partners. This ensures the ability to enhance coordination among partner agencies, maintain critical and essential services, as well as support state and county health efforts.
An incident command structure has been established with Fire/EMS Chief Michael Schick and Police Chief Tom Turner serving as unified command.
According to the WLEOG Board, it has been in constant communication regarding COVID-19 since March 1 to monitor the global pandemic and has been participating in regional meetings with the Lane County Emergency Operations Center since that time. In addition, members have been participating in discipline-specific meetings with Lane County, the State of Oregon, the League of Oregon Cities and public health networks, with information being shared during calls among local partners.
Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for the State of Oregon on March 8, and Lane County Board of Commissioners adopted Order 20-03-17-06, declaring a local emergency as a result of public health response to COVID-19 this past Tuesday, March 17. As a result, the City of Florence City Council will consider a resolution to declare a local emergency at a Special Meeting to be held Monday, March 23.
The WLEOG Board is encouraging community members to adhere to the State of Oregon’s direction to abide by social distancing guidelines, avoid unnecessary travel, avoid gatherings of greater than 10 people, and not to hoard supplies.
“We’re asking a lot from Oregonians right now. However, it’s really important that you take this message to heart and share it with your parents, kids, friends, and family: The actions we take today will determine how many people our hospitals can treat, how many lives they can save and how long this pandemic will last. Let’s work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
– Oregon Health Authority Update March 20, 2020
Additional updates to the community will be provided as it becomes available. For up to date information, continue to monitor the following websites: