TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Tippecanoe County Commissioners have declared a public health emergency. The declaration directs local officials to cooperate with the Indiana department of health. There are two reasons the commissioners made the declaration.
The first is that now the county can qualify for disaster relief grants once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. The second reason was to remind citizens that this is considered a time of emergency.
Commissioner Tracy Brown says their response to this public health emergency is similar to how they respond to natural disasters.
"This would not be unlike what we have done in the past if the county declared a disaster area for a tornado or a snow emergency flood-related issues anything we have dealt within the last two decades,” said county commissioner Tracy Brown. “This response is very similar to that."
Brown says they expect a lot of overtime to be accrued for the emergency management agency, the sheriff’s office, and dispatch centers. Qualifying for grants will also help the county recover once the pandemic comes to an end. To read the declaration click here.