DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER BY PROCLAMATION OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VIDOR, TEXAS
DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARSCoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and
WHEREAS, the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe illness and cause further complications including death; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas issued a proclamation certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas; and
WHEREAS, the City of Vidor, Texas (the "City"), is taking extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community; and
WHEREAS, said state of disaster requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to Emergency Management and Public Health, pursuant to Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code.
NOW THEREFORE, I, MAYOR AND PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VIDOR, TEXAS, HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE:
SECTION 1. The recitals set forth above are hereby incorporated for all purposes.
SECTION 2. That a local state of disaster for public health emergency is hereby declared for the City, pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.
SECTION 3. That pursuant to Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code the state of disaster for public health emergency shall continue for a period of not more than seven (7) days from the date of this declaration, unless continued or renewed by the City Council of the City.
SECTION 4. That pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code this declaration of a local state of disaster for public health emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.
SECTION 5. That pursuant to Section 418.108(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the City's emergency management plan, and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration.