In a statement provided by Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, “The administration fully supports the prevention measures being implemented throughout the borough. Alaskans are resilient in times of adversity. Let’s do our part and practice the CDC guidance to slow the possible spread of infection on the Kenai Peninsula. Please take every precaution to care for yourself and loved ones.”
Effective Monday March 16, 2020 at 5:00PM, Mayor Pierce has approved the recommendations to activate the Kenai Peninsula Borough Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) for all departments and thirteen service areas. The Borough Office of Emergency Management Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated to support the rollout of the COOP to limit public access and to ensure employees’ safety during these times to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19). The administration will make every effort to maintain government services to the public; we are asking residents to help too. Call or email the borough for assistance and limit your exposure or to individuals that may be at risk of exposure.
First Responders: All Fire & EMS departments and Office of Emergency Management administrative offices are closed to the public. Fire service and medical treatment will continue to be provided. However, every precaution will be made to ensure responders’ safety. Borough fire stations include Anchor Point Fire & EMS, Bear Creek Fire, Central Emergency Services, Kachemak Emergency Services, and Nikiski Fire. These departments will continue to function under the current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, state recommendations and area hospital/healthcare providers’ protocols.
FIRE & EMS NOTE:
• The Nikiski Fire Department will continue to provide potable water to area residents. Be mindful of new directional signage and instructions from attending staff.
• All volunteer firefighter trainings, community emergency response team trainings, borough-sponsored workshops and activities are suspended until further notice.
Other facilities are closed to the public, but staff will report to work. The public may still call these facilities for information during regular hours of operation:
Donald E Gilman River Center 907-714-2460
Homer Annex Public Resource office 907-235-9837
Maintenance office 907-262-4011
North Peninsula Recreation Service Area 907-776-8800
Purchasing & Capital Projects Office 907-714-2260
Roads Service Area Office 907-262-4427
Seldovia Sea Otter Community Center (CLOSED)
Seward Annex Public Resource office 907-224-2001
Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area office 907-224-3340
Solid Waste Office 907-262-9667
Solid Waste Facilities: The Central Peninsula Landfill and transfer sites will continue to be open to the public during normal hours of operation. Each site may have specific protocols for waste transfer. Be mindful of new directional signage and instructions from attending staff. The hours of operation for all sites are located at https://www.kpb.us/swd-waste/about-solidwaste
Road Service Area: Borough-owned roads will continue to be maintained using existing contractors.
Borough Administrative Building (144 N. Binkley Street): The administrative building will provide limited, restricted access to the public. Visitors are asked to conduct borough business through emails and phone calls.
BAB NOTE: Please use the drop box located by the main front doors to deposit payments. You may also pay property taxes and special assessments online. Follow the directions for online payments at https://www.kpb.us/finance-dept/property-tax-and-collections
Purchasing & Contracting will notify bidders to conduct bid kick off meetings using video and audio conferencing options.
Borough Clerk Notification Regarding Public Meetings: All service area board meetings, Advisory Planning Commission meetings and Anadromous Waters Habitat Protection Group meetings postponed until further notice. The Clerk is currently evaluating alternative ways to conduct public meetings that do not require a physical location. Future public meetings will be properly notices when they resume.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Current Guidance: The borough will continue to support the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) and CDC guidelines using Facebook @KPBalerts, www.kpboem.com and www.kpb.us
DHSS online and phone resources to the public:
• DHSS information call number 2-1-1. For Alaskans who live in areas where 2-1-1 can't be accessed, please call 800-478-2221.
• DHSS Social Media: Facebook page @alaska.dhss and Twitter page Alaska_DHSS
•DHSS dedicated webpage with current guidelines: coronavirus.alaska.gov
Central Peninsula Hospital – Soldotna, AK webpage: https://www.cpgh.org/corona
South Peninsula Hospital – Homer, AK webpage: https://www.sphosp.org/
Providence Seward Medical Center – Seward, AK webpage: https://www.providence.org/
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a dedicated webpage for staff, students and families: https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/students_parents.aspx?id=41540
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907-262-INFO (4636) or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pages: www.kpboem.com or www.kpb.us
Media contact: Brenda Ahlberg, Public Information Officer 907-231-6505