The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held an emergency meeting in order to address the COVID-19 pandemic. During that meeting they passed a resolution declaring a local state of emergency. According to Chairman Jeff McKay, “this declaration streamlines and expedites Fairfax County Government’s access to emergency disaster funding and it allows the county to use its authority to procure goods to address the emergency.”
Of course, this move comes after the Commonwealth of Virginia has declared a statewide state of emergency and other localities in the region have passed similar measures. The local state of emergency can still prove extremely valuable, however, as it provides some flexibility and authority for the county to quickly respond to needs that are specific to Fairfax County. Supervisor Kathy Smith addressed this in an email she sent out to constituents earlier today.
“The local emergency declaration is primarily a financial mechanism that provides greater flexibility and authority for the county in purchasing hard to find resources and supplies,” Supervisor Smith said. “It also increases the authorities granted to the county to protect the health and safety of the community and provide emergency assistance in such a rapidly evolving incident.”
Since it seems like there’s constantly updated information related to state and local action related to the coronavirus, it’s worth noting that Fairfax County does have a text alert system set up to help provide the public with any info they might need. To sign up, you can text FFXCOVID to 888777.