The Town of Drumheller has declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Friday March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.Mayor Colberg commented "we've made this decision with the best interests of our community in mind. We know COVID-19 will come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. We want to prepare now and take every precaution in our power to protect the vulnerable in our community. This declaration is another step to protect our Town."
The State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.
Our top priority is maintaining critical infrastructure and essential services" claims Darwin Durnie, Director Emergency Management. All Town services are still operating (except public recreation facilities). Water, sewer, waste services and power are still operating and serving our community. We have implemented our infectious disease plan, separated staff to various town facilities to practice social distancing and implemented stand-by status for all employees, so resources are available if staff are required to self-isolate or get infected with the virus.