COVID-19 Resource Guide

ECC COVID-19 Resource Guide

 

The latest Bulletins:

Medicare’s response to the COVID-19

CMS Issues Guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Respond to COVID-19

SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Webinars:

CDC Webinar on rural response of the COVID-19, Monday, March 23 at 1:00 pm

Governor’s Executive Orders

Governor’s Executive Order No. 118

Governor’s Executive Order No. 117

 

Resources from Trusted Health Organizations

 

World Health Organization COVID-19 Resource Page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource Page

NC Department of Health and Human Services Resource Page

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Map

Resources from Partner Organizations

 

ICMA COVID-19 Resource Page

NCLM Resource COVID-19 Resource Library

NCACC COVID-19 Resource Page

UNC School of Government COVID-19 Resources

National Association of Regional Councils COVID-19 Resource Page

 

Crisis Communications Resources

Information from UNC School of Government Professor Kim Nelson

Some advice on crisis communications from one our training partners:

A Crisis Communications Primer in These Uncertain Times

As leaders in your municipality, it’s your job to deliver messaging to your staff and citizens with the right amount of urgency for the situation without causing panic. You must develop thoughtful, consistent, fact-based narratives and share them in the right tone to build trust and credibility. In these fluid times when each headline in the news spikes a sense of fear among many people, this is your chance to show your leadership chops.

As a journalist with 30 years under my belt chasing breaking news and disseminating it in a fair and accurate way, I’ve witnessed the best and worst in crisis communications. My strategic communications team at Walk West would like to share with you some guidelines that you can put into practice right away as we manage our teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you’ll find what we teach in our media training sessions.

Crisis Communications Guide

Background:

A crisis is a situation that strains a local government’s reputation, leadership, integrity and loyalty. You can’t control what people are thinking or how they’re reacting in crisis. But you can help mitigate what you and your staff do to acknowledge and execute a plan that often times calms the unnerved. The fear of the unknown is what typically robs us of our feeling of safety. So, if you haven’t already done so, take the time today to execute a crisis communications strategy using the steps below in order to keep your staff, citizens, and other key stakeholders in the know.

What’s Involved:

  • People

The team involved in managing crisis communications should be fully briefed on who might contact them in the event of a crisis.

  • Roles and Tasks

Have a checklist of what role each team member will fulfill during the crisis and what tasks they are assigned when a crisis breaks. Suggested roles include briefing members of the city and county elected officials, city managers, county managers, etc.; internal communications and keeping staff informed; media relations and media monitoring; on-line monitoring

  • Messages

Work out in advance what key messages you will communicate in a crisis. Don’t bother with messages about vision statements. People aren’t interested in these when they’re on the edge of frenzy. Think about which messages you want to get across that will resonate with people.

  • Draft Statements and Responses

Having templates prepared ahead of time can help you turn around information quickly when a crisis occurs. Have background facts and Q&A sheets ready to hand out. Develop your “Buy Time Statement.” (see below)

  • Speed

You need a speedy response, but also speed of thinking and action to be in control of the situation rather than panicking to catch up with the media. You want to run the pace of the story your way having your staff and potential media respond to you rather than the other way around.

  • Control

Work out how you will take control of the story for each likely scenario. The plan should identify media-trained spokespeople who can represent your municipality in a crisis. Have some ready prepared images available. If you don’t, the media will look elsewhere to fill the gap.

  • Practice

Your staff needs to be familiar with the crisis communications plan. Once we’re out of the woods in our current situation, practice a mock situation twice a year.

Crisis Communications Basic Check List

  1. Never say “No Comment”
  2. Give as much information without compromising the investigation. Always follow up if you say you will
  3. Take control even in negative situations

Develop a “Buy Time” Statement

  1. Acknowledge the situation
  2. Show concern
  3. Give status

To see this in action, take a look at Robert Glazer’s article as he breaks down how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has communicated to his constituents throughout the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, visit Walk Walk’s website.

Sharon Delaney McCloud

Partner & VP of Professional Development

Walk West

“Twenty Things for Organizational Leaders to Know about COVID-19 as of March 12, 2020” (Thanks Bo Ferguson, Durham Deputy City Manager)

Eastern Carolina Council’s Local Government Operational Status and Resources

 

Carteret County Governments

Carteret County Government COVID-19 Update Page

Town of Atlantic Beach

Town of Cape Carteret Press Release

Town of Cedar Point

Town of Emerald Isle Press Release

Town of Indian Beach

Town of Morehead City Precautions & Closures

Town of Newport

Town of Pine Knoll Shores State of Emergency

Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library

Carteret County Public Schools – Announcements

Carteret Health Department

Craven County Governments

Craven County Government COVID-19 Update Page

Town of Bridgeton

Town of Cove City – Facebook

Town of Dover

City of Havelock Cancellations

City of New Bern COVID 19 update

Town of River Bend Cancellations

Town of Trent Woods

Town of Vanceboro

Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library

Craven County Public Schools

Craven County Health Department

 

Duplin County Governments

Duplin County Government COVID-19 Update Page

Town of Beulaville

Town of Calypso

Town of Faison

Town of Greenevers COVID-19 Information

Town of Kenansville

Town of Magnolia

Town of Rose Hill

Town of Teachey

Town of Warsaw

Duplin County Schools

Duplin County Health Services

 

Greene County Governments

Greene County Health Department COVID-19 Resource Page

Town of Hookerton

Town of Snow Hill Announcement

Town of Walstonburg

Neuse Regional Library

Greene County Public Schools

Greene County Health

 

Jones County Governments

Jones County Heath Department COVID-19 Resource Page

Town of Maysville

Town of Pollocksville

Town of Trenton

Neuse Regional Library

Jones County Public Schools

Jones County Health Department

 

Lenoir County Governments

Lenoir County COVID-19 Resource Page

City of Kinston

Town of Grifton

Town of LaGrange

Town of Pink Hill

Neuse Regional Library

Lenoir County Public Schools

Lenoir County Health Department

Onslow County Governments

Onslow County COVID-19 Update Page

Town of North Topsail Beach

Town of Richlands

Town of Surf City COVID-19 Update

Town of Swansboro

Onslow County Public Library

Onslow County Schools

Onslow County Consolidated Human Services

Pamlico County Governments

Pamlico County COVID-19 Information Page

Town of Alliance

Town of Grantsboro

Town of Oriental COVID-19 Update

Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library

Pamlico County Schools

Pamlico County Health Department

 

Wayne County Governments

Wayne County COVID-19 Resource Page

Town of Fremont

Town of Mount Olive Alerts

Village of Walnut Creek

Wayne County Public Library

Wayne County Schools

Wayne County Health Department

 

News sites

Neuse News

WCTI 12

WNCT 9

Sun Journal

 

Telework

UNC School of Government: Teleworking Guidance: Best Practices, Sample Policies, and Cybersecurity, Shannon H. Tufts

 

Other Items

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the American’s with disabilities act.

Social Security closes to the public – press release

Here is some interesting information regarding emergency declarations and firearms, referencing General Statute changes in 2012 (source is Norma Houston with UNC SOG and NC Emergency Mgt and NC Sheriff’s Association Director Eddie Caldwell)

 

From: Eddie Caldwell <ecaldwell@ncsheriffs.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:17 PM
To: NCSA-Weekly Legislative Report <ncsa-weeklylegislativereport@list.ncsheriffs.net>
Subject: Restrictions on Firearms During a Declared State of Emergency

To: All Sheriffs

 

Prior to 2012, during a declared state of emergency, several General Statutes allowed restrictions and prohibitions to be imposed on the “possession, transportation, sale, purchase, storage and use of dangerous weapons and substances, and gasoline.”  “Dangerous weapons” included firearms such as handguns, rifles, and shotguns.”  Those General Statutes, as they applied to firearms, were held unconstitutional in the federal court case of Bateman v. Perdue, 881 F.Supp.2d 709 (2012).

 

As a result, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed those General Statutes and enacted the current statute [G.S. 166A-19.31] to address this issue, which became effective October 1, 2012.

 

G.S. 166A-19.31(b)(4) provides that ordinances enacted by counties or cities during a state of emergency may include prohibitions and restrictions: “Upon the possession, transportation, sale, purchase, storage, and use of gasoline, and dangerous weapons and substances, except that this subdivision does not authorize prohibitions or restrictions on lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition” (emphasis added.)  As used in this subdivision, the term “dangerous weapons and substances” has the same meaning as it does under G.S. 14-288.1. As used in this subdivision, the term “firearm” has the same meaning as it does under G.S. 14-409.39(2).

 

In explaining this law in a Blog post on June 1, 2012, and in her current teaching materials, Norma Houston, Lecturer in Public Law and Government, at the UNC-CH School of Government, explains in pertinent part:

 

What does this mean for local governments and citizens? 

Local governments can still impose restrictions on dangerous weapons such as explosives, incendiary devices, and radioactive materials and devices, but cannot impose restrictions on lawfully possessed handguns, rifles, and shotguns.  For example, if an individual is carrying a concealed handgun with a valid concealed carry permit during a declared state of emergency under which a dangerous weapons prohibition has been imposed, the local prohibition would not apply to this individual’s lawful possession of a concealed handgun.

 

Keep in mind that a wide variety of events may constitute a disaster – from a hurricane to a winter ice storm to a terrorist attack to a nuclear plant melt-down.  Some disasters may warrant restrictions on dangerous weapons to protect public health and safety (imagine the need to ban the sale of explosives when under threat of a terrorist attack).  However, under the exception, citizens can still lawfully possess handguns, rifles, and shotguns, even in these situations.

 

            What cities and counties CAN do under a local state of emergency…

  • Restrict other “dangerous weapons and substances”
  • Enforce other emergency restrictions (such as a curfew) even if an individual is lawfully possessing a firearm
  • Enforce other state gun laws (such as concealed-carry permit requirements)
  • Include gun stores in business restrictions (but only to the same extent as other businesses)

 

What does this NOT mean for local governments and citizens? 

This exception to the dangerous weapons restriction authorization does not override other restrictions that local governments are authorized to impose during a state of emergency.  For example, if a curfew is imposed, an individual cannot violate the curfew even if he lawfully possessed a firearm.  Or, if an evacuation is ordered, an individual may lawfully transport a firearm while evacuating, but must still heed the evacuation order.  This exception also does not override other local ordinances relating to weapons (such as those prohibiting weapons in local government buildings); it only applies if and when restrictions on dangerous weapons are imposed during a declared state of emergency.

 

What cities and counties CANNOT do under a local state of emergency…

  • Limit or restrict the “possession, transportation, sale, purchase, storage, and use” of lawfully possessed firearms (defined as handguns, shotguns, and rifles) and ammunition for those firearms
  • Prohibit the lawful sale of firearms
  • Prohibit the lawful sale of ammunition for lawfully possessed firearms
  • Prohibit lawful concealed carrying of handguns
  • Prohibit lawful open carrying of handguns (or shotguns or rifles)

 

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Matthew Boyatt, NCSA Deputy General Counsel, at 919-459-6467 or mboyatt@ncsheriffs.net.

 

Thanks….Eddie C.

 

 

Other ideas for what should be in this resource guide or have updates to information we are seeking? Feel free to email info directly to Katie Bordeaux at kbordeaux@eccog.org