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Emergency Operations Center says it's preparing for possible delivery needs


March 18, 2020

States have issued “shelter in place” orders—though the governor of New York said he won’t use that term because it feels too extreme—and the Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) says it’s making plans if that scenario unfolds in Washington State.

The EOC is considering how this could look in Klickitat County, specifically how residents would receive groceries or medicine. “If the need for people to stay at home due to precaution, illness, or mandate increases,” the EOC said in a statement released Friday evening, “the need for delivery services will be required. In order to provide this service, safety must be considered. EOC is composed of agencies from all over the county. Today we have trusted staff from volunteer fire departments, Search and Rescue, the Sheriff’s Posse, private entities, and county employees.”

The EOC says it’s working with all partners to establish a system of safe delivery for those who might be unable to pick up groceries or medicine. “We have already reached out to our partner organizations, which have all committed to working with us to provide the services within each one of our communities,” the EOC statement points out. “We will be working with local grocers and pharmacies to work through the process. In addition, we are reaching out to religious and other community organizations for help.”


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