Coronavirus Crisis Response: Resources for Your Community

As the virus continues to spread, we've gathered some resources to support local governments. Last updated March 27, 2020.

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Local government managers throughout the world are working tirelessly to protect, support, and lead their communities through the developing COVID-19 pandemic. ICMA has created this resource page and continues to develop and curate resources for local government managers to help them in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. ICMA will update this page as information becomes available, with the most recent content found under Latest News.

 

LATEST NEWS

President Trump Signs $2 Trillion CARES Act – Local Government Highlights

Local governments gain access to additional disaster relief and a wide range of stimulus grant funding and loan programs.

Why Local Leaders Need to Make a Personal Resilience Plan During a Crisis

Ron Carlee shares how no two crises are the same and no two communities are the same, but lessons from the past can help inform a novel situation.

Looking Beyond the Current Coronavirus Crisis

ICMA Executive Director Marc Ott discusses beginning to plan for re-opening our communities.

Online and Telephone Options Help 2020 Census Count

Many local governments have expressed concern regarding impact or the spread of coronavirus and resulting quarantines on efforts to obtain a complete count.

Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs

ICMA's March 31 webinar with Strategic Partner Hagerty Consulting focuses on what's required to promote successful short-term response and long-term financial recovery.

LOCAL GOVERNANCE

GENERAL

COVID-19: Local Action Tracker

NLC provides and categorizes policy examples of community responses.

County Declarations and Policies in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

NACo's map is continuously updated as new declarations and policies are issued in counties across the country in response to COVID-19.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

The New Normal: Communities Adjust to Conducting Business Remotely While Maintaining Citizen Input

ICMA Northeast Regional Director Patricia Vinchesi shares key questions to answer and other factors to consider when conducting remote public meetings.

Public Meetings in the Time of Covid-19

ICMA’s blog post provides advice from Kenmore, Washington, on conducting meetings remotely.

CONTAINMENT

Coronavirus: Connectivity Can Save Lives

Coronavirus: Connectivity Can Save Lives covers the use of GIS to understand the spread of COVID-19.

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE INDUSTRIES AND POPULATIONS

Disaster Assistance Loans

The US Small Business Adminstration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

Preventing COVID-19 Generated Family Financial Instability

This CitiSpeaks blog provides insight on how COVID-19 response has impacted low income individuals and provides examples of how communities are supporting these populations.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to coronavirus.

LEADERSHIP

PERSONAL RESILIENCE

ICMA Senior Advisors

In these uncertain and difficult times, an ICMA Senior Advisor can be a sounding board, a confidant, and a listener. Contact a senior advisor on this list for personal and professional support.

Why Local Leaders Need to Make a Personal Resilience Plan During a Crisis

Ron Carlee shares how no two crises are the same and no two communities are the same, but lessons from the past can help inform a novel situation.

Managing Your Stress During and After a Crisis

Knowing yourself and your limits is important in managing your stress during and after a disaster strikes.

The Need for Resilience in an Ever-Changing World

Bonnie St. John explains the five frameworks for micro-resiliency.

5 Steps to Resiliency

Five steps and corresponding resiliency resets that build both mindset and tactical skill to bounce back while retaining your personal beliefs – and fast.

Courageous Leaders Need Patience and Self Discipline

Persevere by nurturing high-value activities and be self-disciplined in your actions.

LEADING AND MANAGING YOUR WORKFORCE

Quick Steps to Prepare a Remote Work Policy for Your Local Government

ICMA’s blog post provides a quick list of things to include and/or consider in your remote work policy.

IT Practices and Procedures to Consider in Cases of Extended Telecommuting

ICMA’s blog post provides guidance on how to remain cybersecure while increasing teleworking capacity.

Supporting a Management Colleague in Distress

We in local government management need to create a culture of support and caring so that support is offered when we ourselves need it.

What Three Action Items Can Local Government Fiscal Officers Take Today to Protect Their Public Agencies from Coronavirus?

In this article, Charles Francis provides interim guidance for local government financial considerations.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

How Our Cities Can Reopen after the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Brookings article provides a ten-point preparedness plan for community recovery.

How to Build an Invincible Community in this Uncertain World

Four simple yet powerful steps toward providing a community or organization with a crisis-ready culture that will lead them to invincibility.

Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis

This report, Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis, analyzes the common and effective leadership and management skills and techniques that professional managers deploy when a crisis strikes and identifies leading practices that can be adopted.

Coronavirus: Connectivity Can Save Lives

Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to communicate and understand the spread of COVID-19.

CRISIS COMMUNICATION

The Coronavirus and Your Crisis and Emergency Response Communication Plan

ICMA’s complimentary e-book looks at ways to develop sound crisis communication practices to help citizens and local government personnel understand and deal with dangerous situations in a timely and prudent manner.

The 8 Key Local Government Personnel You Need on Your Crisis Communications Team

ICMA’s infographic shows the roles and responsibilities of local government professionals in a crisis.

Coronavirus in U.S. Cities: Residents’ Key Concerns in Numbers

ZenCity analyzes over 1.5 million online interactions about the coronavirus from over 100 cities and counties across the United States.

Ask the Expert: Managing Crisis in Local Government

Insight into the biggest gaps in local government crisis communication strategies.

MEMBER PERSPECTIVES

How to Encourage Community Building During the COVID-19 Crisis

Retired manager Ed Everett shares several ways that healthy residents can help their community while continuing to practice safe habits.

When COVID-19 Comes to Your Town

In ICMA's blog post, infected manager Tony Mazzucco shares lessons learned when your top staff must be quarantined.

Update 2: Perspectives from ICMA Leaders Across the Globe on COVID-19

Managers in the United States and from other countries share their perspectives on dealing with a potential pandemic.

Public Meetings in the Time of COVID-19

The city of Kenmore, Washington, conducted its first critical fiscal sustainability task force meeting via video conference.

SERVICE DELIVERY

GENERAL

Schools, Workplaces, and Community Locations

CDC's latest guidance for schools, workplaces, and community locations.

Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

CDC's latest guidance on mass gatherings and large community events.

Recommendations for Election Polling Locations

CDC's latest recommendations for preventing COVID-19 spread at election polling stations.

Online and Telephone Options Help 2020 Census Count

Many local governments have expressed concern regarding impact or the spread of coronavirus and resulting quarantines on efforts to obtain a complete count.

UTILITIES

Water Transmission and COVID-19

CDC's latest guidance on drinking water, recreational water, and wastewater.

American Water Works Association Resource Page

Provides continuity planning and recommendations for water operations.

Coronavirus and Water

WaterWorld’s post provides guidance on operating water utilities safely during COVID-19 developments.

HOUSING

What Cities Are Doing to Stall Evictions and Foreclosures

CityLab's article on local government's movement to halt evictions due to COVID-19.

Mortgage Relief Tracker: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief For Homeowners

Forbes is tracking relief measures of different levels of government to prevent evictions for homeowners and renters.

Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters

CDC's interim guidance for homeless shelters.

FIRST RESPONDERS

CDC in Action

CDC’s preparation for first responders, healthcare providers, and health systems for the potential spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Make Infection Control a Priority

The U.S. Fire Administration's resource page for fire department response.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Impact on Public Health

In this 30-minute recorded teleconference, Dr. E. Oscar Alleyne, chief of programs and services, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), provides an update on COVID-19 and the impact that community mitigation can have on the spread of the virus.

RELIEF RESOURCES

FEDERAL

 

Senate Passes $2 Trillion CARES Act – Local Government Highlights

Local governments gain access to additional disaster relief and a wide range of stimulus grant funding and loan programs.

NACo Analysis of the Third COVID-19 Supplemental: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

NACo's analysis highlights relevant components of the CARES Act for county governments, including a section-by-section breakdown outlining items of significance for county policy priorities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application

FEMA provides an overview of the Public Assistance application process for recipients and applicants requesting reimbursement related to federal emergency and major disaster declarations for COVID-19. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

The Department of Labor issued guidance on the employment provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

New Data Estimates Local Governments Will Spend Up to $20 Billion On Covid-19 Actions

Survey of ICMA members conducted to inform stimulus negotiations on the needs of cities, counties, and towns.

Local Governments Can Seek Coronavirus Relief from FEMA

FEMA clarified rules for local governments to recover costs for eligible emergency protective measures. This article includes a link to a FEMA fact sheet.

FEMA Eligible Emergency Protective Measures

FEMA's fact sheet on the COVID-19 eligible emergency protective measures to receive reimbursement under the Stafford Act.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funding

ICMA Strategic Partner Hagerty Consulting shared this update on Covid-19 federal response and recover funding.

STATE

How Governments Can Access Grants to Fight Coronavirus

eCivis gives tips on finding funding for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Planning and Response Guidance for State CIOs

State CIOs have an obligation to ensure that IT services continue during this pandemic outbreak and planning for such a scenario has become essential.

Legislative Sessions and the Coronavirus

The National Conference of State Legislatures is providing regular updates on state fiscal and state legislative session response.

State Fiscal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has created a resource page for state response, including guidance on local and state collaboration.

Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

The National Governors Association has created a regularly updated resource hub.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 31 Free Webinar: Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs

Offered together with ICMA Strategic Partner Hagerty Consulting, this webinar focuses on what's required to promote successful short-term response and long-term financial recovery.

April 8 Free Webinar: Moving Beyond the Current Crisis: A Plan to Re-open Our Communities with Richard Florida

In this 90-minute webinar, Richard Flordia feature's a 10-point plan to re-open our communities after the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARCHIVED EVENTS

March 27 ICMA Community Conversation on Recovering from Economic Disasters

Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), will describe lessons learned from past experiences in emerging from economic disasters and share important information about resources that communities can tap in the weeks and months ahead to help them recover from this disaster.

ICMA Weekly Community Conversations on the Coronavirus - Impact on Public Health

In this 30-minute recorded teleconference, Dr. E. Oscar Alleyne, chief of programs and services, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), provides an update on COVID-19 and the impact that community mitigation can have on the spread of the virus.

GENERAL

ESSENTIAL

Situation Summary

CDC’s situation summary page for COVID-19 provides the latest updates on source, spread, response, and recommendations.

Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders

The National League of Cities has created a regularly updated resource page for local leaders.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

WHO’s rolling updates on COVID-19.

COVID-19 GIS Hub

Esri's COVID-19 GIS hub is a collection of mapping and data analysis.

PREP/PLANNING

Pandemic Influenza Template

FEMA's template for a continuity of operations plan for a pandemic event.

Coronavirus Discussion Guide

ICMA’s Coronavirus Discussion Guide for managers to begin planning with their leadership teams and partner organizations.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Training: Simulation Exercise

WHO has designed a simulation exercise for national-level organizations, and the PowerPoint resource is the best starting place to adapt the exercise for your community.

ICMA RESOURCES

COVID-19 Resources: Public Health

PowerPoint presentation that accompanied a March 20 teleconference on COVID-19 and the impact on public health.

Leadership Before, During, and After a Crisis

This report analyzes the common and effective leadership and management skills and techniques that professional managers deploy when a crisis strikes and identifies leading practices that can be adopted.

When a Public Health Crisis Comes to Town

In this podcast, retired Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez shares his city's experience with the Ebola outbreak.

Public Health

ICMA's Public Health topic page, where public health related content is featured.

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Access more of the latest content on Coronavirus in local government.

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