Mayor Freeman declares state of emergency in Many

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Mayor Ken Freeman is pictured as he signs an order declaring a state of emergency in the town of Many. (Photo by Sabine Index)

On March 20, town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman signed a declaration stating there is now a state of emergency in the town.

Around the world, extreme precautions have been taken to ensure that there is no spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Sabine Parish has been no different.  The World Health Organization has already classified the virus as a worldwide pandemic, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to the situation.

“In order to minimize the outbreak of Covid-19 and the effects of its extreme risk of person-to-person transmission through the town of Many, immediate emergency action is required to minimize the potential to the population in the town,” The order states.  “…a declaration of emergency is necessary to allow the town of Many to thoroughly prepare for and respond to this pandemic.”

There are multiple procedures that the declaration has put into place. 

The town is making accommodations for purchasing of additional supplies.

They are suspending the provisions of any municipal regulatory ordinance prescribing the procedures for conduct of loyal business and rules and regulations of any municipal agency if strict compliance of any order, rule, or regulation prevents, hinders, or delays necessary action in coping with the emergency.

The ordinance allows utilizing all available resources of the municipality as reasonably necessary to cope with the emergency.

There can now be the transferring of direction, personnel, or functions of municipal departments for the purpose of performing and facilitating emergency serves.

The town can also take measures to control ingress and egress to and from an affected area, the movement of persons within the area, and the occupancy of premises therein.

The order is effective from March 20, and will continue until such time as amended, modified, or terminated.

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