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This is the location for all City updates on COVID-19.
Please check here for latest announcements and more.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 512-858-4725 or email the Emergency Management Department at emergencymanagement@cityofdrippingsprings.com.

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City of Dripping Springs to Create COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for Businesses
Committee is being formed. Local input is welcomed. More details can be found here.

 

Governor Abbott Open Texas Report of May 18 - Opening Other Businesses
The Governor announced the next phase of opening businesses, including bars,
summer camps, and more.
More Details Can Be Found Here

Open Texas Report from Governor Abbott
The Governor released a report regarding the committee to open back Texas during COVID-19. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public- and private-sector business leaders to help achieve this mission.  Read the Complete Report below:
The Governor's Report to Open Texas

Governor's Order May 5 - Opening Salons and Other Businesses
Read Governor Order Here

Hays County Dashboard on All COVID-19 Cases
Hays County Dashboard

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Other COVID-19 News

CDC Recommends Face Masks for Public Use
See Hays County Press Release Here

Relief Bill Passes For Small Businesses
On Thursday, April 24, the next COVID-19 relief bill passed the House (and the Senate earlier this week). President Trump signed the bill into law today. As part of this latest relief package, $310 billion in new funds will be allocated for the Paycheck Protection Program, which gives loans to struggling small businesses but ran out of funding. 
Full Story and Application Information Here


Mayor Issues Order to Help Mobile Food Vendors
To help local businesses during the State of Disaster declaration and the “Essential Services Only” time period,
The Mayor of Dripping Springs signed an order allowing mobile food vendors to operate under a Mobile Food Vendor Permit without an application for a Conditional Use Permit. You can see the full Order below.
Mayor Order - April 1

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Past State/Governor Announcements

Governor Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force to Open Texas
Read here for Press Release and More Details

Governor Abbott, Goldman Sachs, Lift Fund, Announce $50million in Loans for Small Businesses
Read here for Press Release and More Details

Governor Abbott, HHS Announce Federal Approval Of Emergency SNAP Benefits
Click Here for More Info

 

Governor Issues Order On Covid-19 & Social Distancing Through End of April
See the Order Here
See More Here
Follow these steps to determine whether your business
is an "Essential Service" as defined by the Governor's Texas Executive Order GA-14
Click Here: http://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/ 

Governor Issues Order for Travel to Texas Via Airports from New York and Louisiana and More
Press Release Here

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Hays County Current Announcements

Hays County Reports Second COVID Fatality
Read here for Press Release

County Begins Free Testing for Uninsured & Underinsured
Read here for Press Release and More Details

Free Testing for Uninsured & Underinsured in Dripping Springs May 10
Read here for Press Release and More Details

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Important Way to Stay Informed

To receive COVID-19 updates via text
— including news about a Shelter-in-Place order coming from Hays County, today, March 25 —
text AlertHays to 888-777

Texas Health and Human Services Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Line.

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans.
People can call the Statewide
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Press Release Here

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ALERTS from FDA, CDC and Other Organizations Regarding COVID-19  

CDC Recommends Face Masks for Public Use
See Hays County Press Release Here

Please see this announcement from the FDA - watch out for fraudulent test kits.
Notice - Unauthorized Test Kits

CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding the Use of Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine
CDC Health Advisory - Chloroquine

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Other Helpful COVID-19 Links 

Here are some other links to more general information you may find useful:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Texas Department of Health Services

Hays County Local Health Department

HaysInformed.com

The President's COVID Guidelines

President's COVID Updates

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Help for Businesses - From the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce


The document below contains some helpful resources from the Chamber of Commerce for Businesses

Resources from the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce


Also, the area Chambers have created a Hays County Task Force to support
businesses through this. You can find that resource below:

 

Hays County Business Task Force

 

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Press Releases 


Below are the Latest Press Releases From the City of Dripping Springs and Hays County regarding COVID-19. 
You can find more from Hays County Local Health Department at the link above.

Hays County COVID-19 Cases Update - May 22

Hays County COVID-19 Cases Update - May 21

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Offers Ways to Connect Jobseekers and Employers

 Hays County Shares Resources for Those Affected by COVID-19

Hays County COVID-19 Update - April 13 - First Death Reported/Buda

For Previous Press Releases, go here:  COVID-19 Press Releases

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Here are general Q&A's you may have. This is updated as we get questions. If you have a questions, please email 
emergencymanagement@cityofdrippingsprings.com.

Q&A's On City Event Cancellations and Other City COVID-19 Items

To ensure that the City’s residents, businesses, visitors, and staff have access to accurate
information related to disaster and emergency orders and policies the City has put together this Frequently Asked Questions. 

Emergency Management Q&A COVID-19-FAQ Relating to Disaster & Emergency Orders

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Emergency management is a comprehensive system to respond to emergencies or disasters impacting the City and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The mission of the City of Dripping Springs Office of Emergency Management (DSOEM) and the Emergency Management Commission is to coordinate activities of the City departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ENCOMPASSES:

PREVENTION/MITIGATION

The first phase in emergency management is Prevention/Mitigation.  Prevention is the action taken to decrease the likelihood that an event or crisis will occur.  Mitigation is the action taken to eliminate or reduce the loss of life and property damage related to an event or crisis, particularly those that cannot be prevented.

PREPAREDNESS

Activities such as planning, training, public education, and outreach to create awareness of potential dangers and increased readiness in our community.

RESPONSE

Use of available resources to meet the needs of the community when disaster strikes. Depending on the severity of the disaster, this can include local, county, State, and Federal resources, to include fire and EMS services, public works, and law enforcement.

RECOVERY

The long range support of restoring the community to pre-disaster conditions. This phase includes damage assessments to public and private property, as well as social services to assist citizens. The length of the recovery phase depends on the magnitude of the disaster.

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State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)

Do you or anyone you know need some assistance during times of an emergency event? The state of Texas presents the STEAR program. The STEAR program is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community. Texas communities use the registry information in different ways. Registering yourself in the STEAR registry DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive a specific service during an emergency, but it will help the City of Dripping Springs Emergency Management if they know of your needs should an emergency event occur.

You can download more information here:  STEAR

For compete information, go to State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry.

To register, go here: https://stear.tdem.texas.gov/Services/STEAR/Login.aspx

If you have questions from a local standpoint regarding the STEAR registry, contact Dripping Springs Emergency Management at 512-858-4725

 
 
 Roman Baligad
Emergency Management Coordinator
rbaligad@cityofdrippingsprings.com
511 Mercer Street
P O Box 384
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Ph: 512-858-4725
 

Hours
Monday-Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

The City of Dripping Springs utilizes the Warn Central Texas Program to notify residents of emergency situations.  Please click the Warn Central Texas logo to submit your information for FREE emergency notifications. 

                                                                                            

Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared for an emergency can be the difference between life and death. It can also mean that you will have various essentials that will make living through an emergency more manageable. Here are some things to remember and prepare in case of an emergency:

Things to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) - PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
    Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Plan for an emergency

It is best to know ahead of time what you will do if you need to react to an emergency. Keep in mind that every emergency is different, but some basic advance planning will go a long way to ensure your safety. Here are some ideas to consider:

• Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
• Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
• Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
• Subscribe to alert services. The City of Dripping Springs uses the CodeRed system to send emergency notifications. Be sure your information is current by going to
https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/21C524DBEA1F to update your information.

Help for those that may not be able to help themselves

It is important for emergency responders to know about residents who may not be able to respond by themselves to an emergency situation. Be sure to know about neighbors and family members who may not be reached by normal communications. People with sight and hearing deficiencies, the elderly, or anyone who might need additional assistance will need to be accounted for. The City of Dripping Springs, along with the Dripping Springs Fire Department, is creating a list of residents who may need assistance during an emergency. If you’d like to suggest someone for this list, please call the Dripping Springs Police Department at 512-268-0859. The police department will verify the information and obtain consent from any individuals before finalizing a name of the list.

Keep in mind that emergency situations can arise suddenly and without warning. That is why it is important to prepare in advance should an emergency occur. Be sure to watch and listen to local news reports and check the City of Dripping Springs web site at cityofdrippingsprings.com for the latest information.

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