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News Release
City of Seaside Declares State of Emergency - 03/21/20

Seaside, Ore. – March 21, 2020 –The City of Seaside held a one-hour emergency meeting at Seaside City Hall on Saturday night to declare a state of emergency within the City of Seaside. Comments were taken by City Council, from local business leaders, the City Manager, and all members of Seaside’s City Council. 

Resolution #3954 was unanimously approved by the City Council and stated as follows:

A Resolution Declaring A State Of Emergency In The City of Seaside, Caused By The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic In The State Of Oregon And The United States.

The Seaside City Council resolves as follows: 

In recent months, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread from China to the rest of the world. Each day, the number of cases and deaths increase in the United States. Oregon has seen similar increases in the last month. The President, Governor, and County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. 

Whereas, the City of Seaside has authority under ORS Chapter 401 and the adopted Emergency Operations Plan that provides direction to the City, its officials, and others in the event of an emergency that exists within the City, and which provides for the responsibility in times of emergency and delegates authority to declare an emergency to the Mayor and City Council; and

Whereas, the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic may constitute a threat of imminent widespread illness, human suffering, loss of life, and financial loss to residents, businesses, and the City of Seaside; and 

Whereas, the Seaside City Council has the responsibility to respond to protect residents and property within the City of Seaside; and

Whereas, a coordinated response with other agencies through mutual aid agreements and partnerships is the appropriate action to undertake

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved By The Seaside City Council That A State Of Emergency Now Exists In All Areas Within the City Of Seaside, As Follows:

Section 1: A state of emergency exists within the entire City of Seaside upon adoption by the City Council and signed by the Mayor. 

Section 2: The City and its officials shall be authorized to take legal actions and issue orders as are determined necessary to protect the public, property, and to conduct activities that strive to minimize and/or mitigate the effect of the emergency. 

Section 3: The City shall take the necessary steps authorized by law to coordinate response and recovery from this emergency, including but not limited to, requesting assistance and potential reimbursements from the State of Oregon and appropriate federal agencies.

Section 4: The City shall examine emergency procurements of goods and services that are authorized pursuant to ORS 279B.080, and other applicable rules. 

Passed by the City Council of the City of Seaside this 21st day of March, 2020.

Submitted to the Mayor and Approved by the Mayor on this 21st day of March, 2020. 

End of Resolution.

No additional measures beyond the declaration were taken during the meeting. The Mayor urged people to continue to take precautionary measures for themselves and loved ones, to avoid groups and practice the CDC recommended guidelines. The council is scheduled to meet again on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm during their regularly scheduled second meeting of the month.

**end of release**

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