With the COVID-19 crisis bearing down on Rim Country, the Town of Payson has emergency plans ready to go, both to work with other agencies or on its own operations plan.
The town plays a key role in local responses to ensure public safety within its boundaries and within the surrounding areas where it has mutual aid agreements.
As information on COVID-19 unfolds, the town remains constantly monitoring the situation.
Every day a town team works with Gila County Emergency Management. The town is also “monitoring state and other partner activities,” said Sheila DeSchaaf, acting town manager.
The operations plan suggests ways to deal with on the ground controls, such as curfews and shut downs.
“But we are nowhere near even discussing that,” said DeSchaaf.
But Payson has taken some measures in line with directives from the Centers for Disease Control. The town has shut down meetings, events and offices that have public interaction. Town staff has moved towards phone and internet interaction with the public.
“Currently, we have no confirmed cases (of COVID-19) in Gila County, so we are monitoring, planning and communicating with jurisdictional partners,” said DeSchaaf.