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City of Eureka
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Eureka, CA 95501-1165

Phone: (707) 441-4144


7/24/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 20200724
Subject :

Mayor Seaman PSA - July 24, 2020
Contact : Pamela Powell, City Clerk, Administration    7074414175
    ppowell@ci.eureka.ca.gov
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FRIDAY, JULY 24

VIDEO


Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman.  As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to work tirelessly to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, I want to share that yesterday evening there was an incident in the Henderson area of town that required a short shelter in place. Thank you to everyone who cooperated so effectively with this localized order. Unfortunately, I have been updated that the incident resulted in an officer-involved shooting. As per standard protocol there is a multi-agency investigation including the County's critical incident response team now underway. The city will report out confirmed information about their findings as soon as it is available.

This week, I want to talk about the importance of PPE, personal protective equipment, for our local businesses. Making sure our community members stay safe when they’re visiting or working in our local shops, offices, and restaurants is crucial to keeping COVID-19 in check. But, while many of our businesses are strained because of a decrease in sales due to COVID-19, they’re also burdened with additional costs to mitigate it, like plexiglass barriers, handwashing stations, hand sanitation and masks.

That’s why it was a nice surprise to hear from a designated partner with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in collaboration with the office of the Small Business Advocate that Humboldt County would be receiving 400,000 face masks and nearly 3,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to distribute to local businesses at no charge.

It took a collaborative network of local small business supporters to make sure those materials will be distributed throughout the County, and the City of Eureka stepped up to offer a place to store the materials and provide support for traffic management and transport for distribution.  In Eureka, the distribution event will be held this Wednesday June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayshore Mall.  Businesses will receive a month’s worth of materials for each employee until supplies last. To learn more, visit our website at ci.eureka.ca.gov for details. 

Protecting our employees in these stressful times sometimes means more than just protection from viruses. As people are becoming more stressed, there is a level of antagonism that is very hard on many of our customer facing employees. I would like to remind everyone that College of the Redwoods recently offered a series of free two and half hour workshops called “Awareness, De-escalation and Assertiveness.” The first round of classes is finishing up, but because of its popularity a second round will be offered soon. Look for more information online at College of the Redwoods’ website, redwoods.edu, under Workforce and Community Education.  

Uncertainty breeds stress and anxiety, and even as we are finding new routines that function under these circumstances, there is still so much that is unknown and it’s taking a toll on people – on their tolerance towards others and their own well-being. We need to not only remind ourselves to heed those things which keep us safe from the virus – like hand-washing, social distancing and masks – but we need to be mindful that we’re taking care of our mental health, too.

Be aware, but not overburdened with information. Identify trustworthy sources of pandemic guidance but be cautious about your media diet. Consumption of too much fear and anger makes a indelible impact.  In the age of 24-hour news cycles, the need to be constantly informed can be bad for our mental health.

Be mindful. Meditate. Walk. Think about your breathing. Identify things you can hear around you. Think about what you can smell.

If you’re feeling stressed, see if you can identify your emotions in the most granular way possible. Does the stress come from frustration, fear, anger? The more you can pinpoint your emotions, the more control you have over how you react to the things around you. In a time where we are so unsure about what’s coming around the corner, strengthening our ability to control our response can make a big difference in our own well-being. If you feel like you need more support, you can call the 24-hour Humboldt County Behavioral Health Crisis line at 445-7715.

As always, and in addition to our video updates and social media posts, you can find regular updates about COVID 19 at the City of Eureka’s website, which is ci.eureka.ca.gov, as well as links to other important community resources.

Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family.  We’ll talk again 



FRIDAY, JULY 24

Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman.  As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to work tirelessly to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, I want to share that yesterday evening there was an incident in the Henderson area of town that required a short shelter in place. Thank you to everyone who cooperated so effectively with this localized order. Unfortunately, I have been updated that the incident resulted in an officer-involved shooting. As per standard protocol there is a multi-agency investigation including the County's critical incident response team now underway. The city will report out confirmed information about their findings as soon as it is available.

This week, I want to talk about the importance of PPE, personal protective equipment, for our local businesses. Making sure our community members stay safe when they’re visiting or working in our local shops, offices, and restaurants is crucial to keeping COVID-19 in check. But, while many of our businesses are strained because of a decrease in sales due to COVID-19, they’re also burdened with additional costs to mitigate it, like plexiglass barriers, handwashing stations, hand sanitation and masks.

That’s why it was a nice surprise to hear from a designated partner with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in collaboration with the office of the Small Business Advocate that Humboldt County would be receiving 400,000 face masks and nearly 3,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to distribute to local businesses at no charge.

It took a collaborative network of local small business supporters to make sure those materials will be distributed throughout the County, and the City of Eureka stepped up to offer a place to store the materials and provide support for traffic management and transport for distribution.  In Eureka, the distribution event will be held this Wednesday June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayshore Mall.  Businesses will receive a month’s worth of materials for each employee until supplies last. To learn more, visit our website at ci.eureka.ca.gov for details. 

Protecting our employees in these stressful times sometimes means more than just protection from viruses. As people are becoming more stressed, there is a level of antagonism that is very hard on many of our customer facing employees. I would like to remind everyone that College of the Redwoods recently offered a series of free two and half hour workshops called “Awareness, De-escalation and Assertiveness.” The first round of classes is finishing up, but because of its popularity a second round will be offered soon. Look for more information online at College of the Redwoods’ website, redwoods.edu, under Workforce and Community Education.  

Uncertainty breeds stress and anxiety, and even as we are finding new routines that function under these circumstances, there is still so much that is unknown and it’s taking a toll on people – on their tolerance towards others and their own well-being. We need to not only remind ourselves to heed those things which keep us safe from the virus – like hand-washing, social distancing and masks – but we need to be mindful that we’re taking care of our mental health, too.

Be aware, but not overburdened with information. Identify trustworthy sources of pandemic guidance but be cautious about your media diet. Consumption of too much fear and anger makes a indelible impact.  In the age of 24-hour news cycles, the need to be constantly informed can be bad for our mental health.

Be mindful. Meditate. Walk. Think about your breathing. Identify things you can hear around you. Think about what you can smell.

If you’re feeling stressed, see if you can identify your emotions in the most granular way possible. Does the stress come from frustration, fear, anger? The more you can pinpoint your emotions, the more control you have over how you react to the things around you. In a time where we are so unsure about what’s coming around the corner, strengthening our ability to control our response can make a big difference in our own well-being. If you feel like you need more support, you can call the 24-hour Humboldt County Behavioral Health Crisis line at 445-7715.

As always, and in addition to our video updates and social media posts, you can find regular updates about COVID 19 at the City of Eureka’s website, which is ci.eureka.ca.gov, as well as links to other important community resources.

Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family.  We’ll talk again 



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