Mayor of Orange Beach, Tony Kennon, addressed the residents of Orange Beach March 25, via Facebook live to inform them of an initiative to assist residents who are most at-risk during the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
“These are very scary times. The coronavirus and the effects of the disease, the economic crisis that might come about, the consequences of a shut-down of the economy scares us all. There are many questions out there to be asked, many questions haven’t been answered but one thing we do know, it’s indisputable, it’s a fact, is that if you are over 65 or your health is compromised in any way then you are at risk of complications or worse.”
The city is organizing police, fire, logistics, and other city staff and volunteers to help senior adults who are homebound, immunocompromised, or are limited due to chronic health problems, such as COPD and cardiovascular disease.
City staff and volunteers will be able to run errands, get groceries and any other necessities. They can help coordinate and address medical needs through local physicians. The city has spoken to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and will be in touch with individual pharmacies as it looks to pick up medications for senior adults as well.
The city will be working with restaurants and other vendors to provide meals and other services, where possible.
“We are looking at meeting any and all needs during this time,” Mayor Kennon said. “We want to help in any way we can, just please call us.”
The mayor’s office maintains a list of high-risk individuals who city staff and first-responders check on and can assist, as needed. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to the mayor’s office at 251-981-6810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennon ended his address by saying “We take care of family and in Orange Beach we are all family.”