Mayor Cantrell Updates Residents On Response To COVID-19 – NOLA Ready
MAYOR CANTRELL FORMALIZES COMMUNITY RESPONSE
As part of the ongoing engagement with community leaders, Mayor Cantrell hosted a conference call Thursday with more than 1,600 residents to further engage them on the City’s efforts. From there, the Mayor established committees and groups to gather information and report back to the Mayor to ensure a more holistic response to the emergency. Committees will include the following types of leaders: neighborhood, faith-based, hospitality/tourism, primary school, colleges/universities, housing/independent living, healthcare/CDC, boards and commissions, and non-profit.
Also, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Office of Economic Development are working with local businesses to identify COVID-19-related impacts with uninsured losses, which would be the basis for a request for assistance to the State of Louisiana and the Small Business Administration.
OFFICE OF UTILITIES ENSURING CONTINUED SERVICE
Today, the City of New Orleans announced that it is working with power, water and telecommunications utility providers to ensure efficient and uninterrupted service to residents, especially during the response to COVID-19. Mayor Cantrell’s Office of Utilities is taking proactive steps to ensure that these essential utility services remain uninterrupted for residents, businesses and visitors, especially as they adjust their daily schedules to the emergency.
“The Mayor’s Office is working with our utility providers to ensure that they have crisis-response plans in place, so that their employees are safe and service can be provided without interruption. It is also essential that these companies put in place policies that ensure ongoing access to essential services and not further disrupt our daily lives and ability to adequately respond to health-related issues,” said Jonathan Rhodes, Director of the Office of Utilities. ” We are also coordinating with telecommunication providers and technology experts to make sure that government services are not limited during the response, and to provide people with opportunities to access government remotely as needed.”
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