The District of Sparwood has made the decision to increase the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) from a Level 1 to a Level 2 to ensure coordinated and collaborative planning and response actions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The decision to increase from a Level 1 to a Level 2 will provide the District with the opportunity to fill more roles within the EOC and ensure the team can be dedicated to current, mid-range and long term planning aspects of the COVID-19 event. It has been important to us since the launch of the EOC that wherever we can be - we are proactive rather than reactive. Increasing the EOC to a level 2 is part of that process and will continue to allow us to support our community and work collaboratively with agencies locally, regionally and provincially,” says Sparwood Mayor David Wilks.
The Sparwood Emergency Operations Centre commends residents for complying with measures enacted to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “We know this is difficult for everyone, especially as the weather gets nicer and spring is around the corner – but it is critical that we do all that we can to stop the spread of the virus. We appreciate the commitment of residents and encourage everyone to continue to follow all guidelines, while being kind and looking after one another the way residents of Sparwood are known to do. Through the EOC, we will do our best to communicate, monitor and plan our response during this unprecedented event,” says Michele Schalekamp, District of Sparwood Chief Administrative Officer / Emergency Operations Centre Director.
The District of Sparwood initiated the Emergency Operations Centre, Level 1 on March 19, 2020. For more information, updates and links to resources visit www.sparwood.ca.