City of Buda issues disaster proclamation amid coronavirus concerns

Officials for the City of Buda have issued a disaster proclamation amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Buda City Mayor George Haehn made the announcement as more cases of COVID-19 start to surface around Central Texas. 

 "After deliberation, to ensure our City will also have access to Federal and State resources, as Mayor, I issued a Disaster Proclamation for the City of Buda as well.  I did so to get ahead of things, be proactive rather than reactive,” said Mayor Haehn. 

The decision comes the same day Hays County declared a local state of disaster.

As a precautionary measure, the City has also canceled all city-sponsored events through April 12.

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"Plans, protocols, and procedures are in place. We are constantly getting updates and addressing them if/and when needed. Buda City services will continue to be provided. I believe the citizens of this city come together in times of need. We rise to the occasion. We do not hesitate to help one another. I witnessed this type of action during the flooding we had not too long ago. Be courteous and kind to one another. We will get through this, just as we have done so in the past,” said Mayor Haehn.

City of Buda Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Beggs has been working with regional partners, including the Hays County Health Department, to monitor the outbreak. 

“We have boosted our janitorial services to include disinfecting of all surfaces, canceled large staff gatherings and retreats, restricted employee travel, and our development services department will move to video conferencing with developers. We are doing everything we can to keep the public and City employees safe and healthy,”  said Beggs.