Local Leaders Respond to Declaration of Coronavirus National Emergency

March 13, 2020

Washington, DC – Today, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, public health emergency. Local leaders urge the federal government to ensure funds and resources made available from the national emergency make it directly to our nation’s cities, towns and villages.

“The National League of Cities understands the strain the Coronavirus is putting on all of our nation’s communities. We agree with the President’s decision to declare a national emergency, but it is imperative that emergency funds and resources make their way directly to where they will make the greatest impact: in America’s cities, towns and villages,” said Joe Buscaino, President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council and President, National League of Cities. “Local governments have longstanding protocols for public health emergencies such as this, and local leaders are best positioned to make emergency management decisions related to resource allocation and communication with residents. We look forward to open, strong and continued communication between every level of government in response to this public health crisis.”

Local leaders should visit nlc.org/coronavirus for a compilation of resources for city officials.

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