Today we took time to participate on a conference call with
the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) as well as viewed the
Governor’s press briefing. Both were
sobering. Our expectations, and planning
assumptions, are that this incident will get much worse before it gets better. While there are currently 290 cases in
Virginia with 7 fatalities, the fact person to person transmission or ‘community spread’ has occurred, Governor
Northam reminded us we have not come close to hitting the peak of the curve
before numbers start to level out and decrease.
We understand that the localities, the Commonwealth and the nation are all
resource constrained and it could be several weeks before we receive
appropriate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE). Hence the need to prioritize and adjust
operations to extend what has been and will be received. It should also be assumed based on the spread
rate and the high hospitality / mortality rates, the surge on our healthcare
system will be a challenge.
As severe as this incident has shown to be globally, and will be for
us locally, the situation will be much worse if social distancing measures are
not followed. Continued message: Stay
Home Unless Absolutely Necessary. Practice
Strict Social Distancing If You Must Go Out.
Reminder that tonight at midnight Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 restrictions go into effect and will remain so for the next
30 days. Due to the impacts on
businesses and the questions which have surfaced since his announcement, an
email address has been established: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for Assistance For Our Faith Community: Daycare
for essential workers has been identified as a need which currently exists and will
continue to grow. The Virginia
Department of Social Services and Virginia Department of Education developed JointGuidance for Emergency Child Care during Statewide School Closures. Should you feel led, we
would be very interested in speaking with any of our faith leaders this critical need.
Please contact us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.
Please find attached the updates thus far to this week's IncidentAction Plan (IAP). If we’re missing
anything or there is something you can contribute to any of the goals or
objectives, please send an email to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.
Finally, remember the role of the Safety Office in the
Incident Command System (ICS) is to be alert to all matters relating to
incident health and safety of emergency responder personnel. For this incident we are all Safety Officers. If you observe a colleague or anyone
displaying symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, etc., take a moment to see
if they’re ok. See Something, Do
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
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