Message from the President and Vice President
on Abington Township’s Disaster and Emergency Declaration
In a global pandemic like coronavirus/COVID-19, the correct and necessary measures to stay ahead of, or even keep pace with, the spread of the disease will almost always feel like an overreaction. This is particularly true here in the United States, which hasn’t experienced a global health crisis of the current potential severity since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Most of us have no frame of reference for or experience dealing with a rapidly expanding worldwide health emergency, and so it is understandable that it is difficult for some in our community and throughout our country to accept and adjust to such a significant, but critically important, disruption in the way we all live. That is why, as part of the essential responsibility to protect our collective wellbeing, it is incumbent upon responsible government to do what is needed to help everyone move into our temporary “new normal.” Sometimes, this help comes in the form of decisions that might not be popular and might even be painful. But they are still necessary for the greater good of the people of our community and beyond.
Effective today at 6:00 PM, Monday, March 16, 2020, a Declaration of Disaster and Emergency has been issued. The declaration empowers the Township to, in keeping with the Governor's orders, close nonessential businesses and other areas of potentially dangerous congregation, and authorizes additional actions as necessary to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. The declaration will also make the Township eligible for disaster relief funding that may become available.
Abington Township will continue to do everything possible to protect and support the residents, businesses, and institutions that compose our community, both during this unique time of crisis and throughout all phases of the economic rebuilding and recovery that will follow. Our community is as strong as the heart and will of its people, and we will get through all of this the Abington way: TOGETHER.
John L. Spiegelman, President, Abington Township Board of Commissioners
Thomas Hecker, Vice President, Abington Township Board of Commissioners