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Posted on: March 18, 2020

City of Willits Declares Local Emergency and Opens EOC

Declaration of Local Emergency and Opening of the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

The City of Willits proclaimed the issuance of a local state of emergency on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in an effort to continue to respond against the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration provides a valuable opportunity to the City to mobilize resources, accelerate emergency planning, streamline staffing, facilitate inter-agency coordination, and allow for potential future reimbursement by the state and federal governments.

The City will also open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at its lowest level. The EOC is not open to the public, but enables the City to coordinate information and responses through our dispatch center. City facilities and departments are closed with the exception of very limited hours at City Hall for essential services. We encourage people to use our website and dropbox, as well as the U.S. Mail to make payments and to access services.  https://cityofwillits.org/ (707) 459-4601

The City of Willits strongly advises that all community members follow the orders and directives of Mendocino County’s Public Health Officer. The County is expected to announce a "Shelter in Place" Order today, March 18, 2020, effective at 10:00 p.m. (https://ww.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus) The County hotline and call center: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (707) 234-6052

The local emergency proclamation will be presented to the Willits City Council next Wednesday, March 24th, at a special meeting. The City continues to work closely with the Mendocino County Department of Health and Human Services, who is working with other local agencies, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor COVID-19.

Contact: Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra, City Manager, (707) 459-4601, 111 E. Commercial St. Willits, CA 95490

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