|COVID-19 is a world-wide pandemic resulting in significant health and economic impacts across the globe. On February 25, 2020, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was likely. On February 26, 2020, the Orange County Health Officer declared a Health Emergency. On February 26, 2020, the Chair of the Emergency Management Council issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency pursuant to the requirements of the California Emergency Services Act, which was ratified by the Board of Supervisors on March 2, 2020.
On March 4, 2020, the Governor of the State of California proclaimed a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act.
On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued a Major Disaster Declaration for California (FEMA-4482-DR-CA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to section 501 (b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). This action made the State of California, local and Indian tribal governments, and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations eligible to apply for reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program.
On December 31, 2020, the County of Orange (County) launched Operation Independence with the goal of facilitating the vaccination of all willing community members by July 4, 2021. To accomplish this, an Incident Management Team was assigned to lead the organization of mass vaccination sites, known as Points of Dispensing (PODs). Because the PODs provide mutual benefit to all community members across the County, regardless of the City they live or work in, staffing support of the PODs is requested of local jurisdictions. Staffing goals for each jurisdiction are set based upon the proportion of community members living in their jurisdiction.
To reimburse cities, mutual aid agreements are required between the County and each requesting jurisdiction. The County Board of Supervisors approved the standard Mutual Aid Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on March 9, 2021. A revised MOA was approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 27, 2021 (Attachment A).
The City of Brea City Council is requested to approve the Agreement, without changes, and authorize by Resolution (Attachment B), the City Manager or designee to execute any actions necessary for the purposes of obtaining federal financial assistance related to this Agreement, if those actions do not materially change the terms or amount of the City of Brea’s commitment as it is reflected in the above-referenced AGREEMENT.