In response to Governor Charlie Baker's Declaration of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the President of the United States Declaration of Emergency, the Town of Dartmouth Selectboard declare that immediately and effective March 18, 2020, a State of Emergency is declared to exist in the Town of Dartmouth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This action is being taken proactively and not in response to any confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the community.
This declaration has been issued to help the Selectboard prepare, give the Town the administrative capability to adapt Town operations, and to ensure the allocation of more resources as it relates to COVID‐19 (Novel Coronavirus).
Additionally, this Declaration of Emergency, allows flexibility with requirements of procurement laws, allows for entering into emergency mutual aid agreements, and allows for accepting services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gift, grant or loan, for from any state or federal agency or office, or any person, firm or corporation.
Lastly, this is also being done to ensure possible reimbursement from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency) should funding become available.