Bend officials organize Joint Information Center for coronavirus updates

By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

On Monday, city officials opened a JIC, or Joint Information Center, in downtown Bend.

The JIC is a way of streamlining information for the public in an emergency situation.

Representatives from government agencies, schools and other groups will share information and collaborate on how to best inform the public about the coronavirus.

“What the JIC provides us is, instead of being on telephones or running around and talking when we can, we’re actually sitting in the same room,” Julianne Repman, JIC manager, said. “We’re coordinating messaging, we’re hearing about what people might be worried about and we’re able to address that and communicate that out as a team.”

Monday, the JIC and city leaders met to provide updates on each organization’s coronavirus planning.

The City of Bend is working on emergency plans for keeping water, roads and sanitation work going with a reduced workforce. Bend La Pine Schools is ramping up cleaning efforts at schools. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is increasing sanitation efforts at the jail.

This isn’t the first time a JIC has been called together in Central Oregon. The last JIC was organized during the eclipse in 2017.

The JIC will be sharing information at its website: www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com.

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