Emergency Declarations in Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii

John Crawford
03/24/2020

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Prince Rupert is now under a state of local emergency -- and the local governments of Haida Gwaii have issued similar declarations.
 
Last night, Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain received unanimous support from his council in making the declaration, saying it's to compliment and localize the steps already being taken by the province.
 
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The declaration activates the City's Emergency Plan and its Operations Centre and gives E-O-C personnel greater capacity to access resources and respond efficiently to emergent circumstances.
 
They'll also review the recommendations of local health professionals and consider how to best implement them.
 
The city is urging residents to sign up for its emergency notification system.

From last night's City News Release:  
To keep up to date on what emergency measures are in place, sign up for our emergency notification system at https://princerupert.connectrocket.com/ , call 311 between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, or go to www.princerupert.ca/covid19 for the most up to date City information.
 

=== FULL NEWS RELEASES FROM PRINCE RUPERT and HAIDA GWAII ===

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARED


MARCH 23rd, 2020 – PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.- The City of Prince Rupert is acting to reduce the potential impact of COVID-19 in our community, which is why tonight, Monday, March 23rd, Mayor and Council declared a State of Local Emergency in Prince Rupert. Under BC's Emergency Program Act, when a State of Local Emergency is called, it activates the City's Emergency Plan and its Operations Centre and gives these key personnel greater capacity to access resources and respond efficiently to emergent circumstances.

The City is also proactively helping citizens to understand the advice of the Provincial Health Officer. By referring the recommendations of local medical health professional to the Emergency Operations Centre, we are taking early steps to do all that we can to keep everyone safe. Medical professionals within our community, who well understand the limitations of our local health care system, have indicated in their recommendations that this is a responsible and appropriate measure to take.

Now that a State of Emergency has been officially declared, EOC personnel will review the recommendations of local health professionals and consider how to best implement them. Local orders may be established to enhance Provincial public health orders and directives. Any local orders will be provided to the community through our communications channels prior to them coming into effect. The State of Local Emergency can only be called for 7 days at a time, after which the orders will be reviewed.

To keep up to date on what emergency measures are in place, sign up for our emergency notification system at https://princerupert.connectrocket.com/ , call 311 between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, or go to www.princerupert.ca/covid19 for the most up to date City information.

Best Practices in Accordance with the Provincial Health Authority

Although no local Orders are in place today, if you are not already, we are calling on the community to follow existing best practices, which means:

 Continuously practice good hygiene measures – regular hand-washing, refraining from touching your face, coughing into your elbow or tissue, and physical distancing.
 Practice physical distancing when in public – which means staying 2 metres/6 feet from others.
 Avoid group gatherings.
 If you are sick, absolutely stay home.
 Anyone returning from travel should follow 14 day isolation protocols.

In the near future, the City will also be sending a notice containing information that includes any emergency measures that are enacted, information on service levels, as well as resources for the community to access supports. This notice will be sent directly to Prince Rupert households, distributed via local grocery stores, provided to local media, and posted to online channels like the City’s website and social media accounts. Please note also that the City continues to provide essential services, which will not be disrupted.

For those seeking medical information, rather than calling the local hospital, call Northern Health’s COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line at 1-844-645-7811 or Healthlink at 811.

We are endeavouring to do our best to keep the community healthy and well-informed, and we are asking you to do your part to do the same. Please take immediate steps to reduce contact with those outside your home, and refer yourselves and others to official channels for information.

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