The city of Buda declared a state of disaster March 15, following Hays County’s joint declaration with the city of San Marcos, as a direct response to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor George Haehn urged residents not to panic and clarified that the call for a state of disaster was to allow the use of funds and resources from a state and federal level.

“After deliberation, to ensure our city will also have access to Federal and State resources, as mayor, I issued a disaster proclamation for the city of Buda as well. I did so to get ahead of things, be proactive rather than reactive,” Haehn said in a March 15 press release sent by the city.

In addition to the disaster proclamation, the city of Buda has canceled all city-sponsored events through April 12 and suspended all programing from the Buda Public Library through March 28 as precautionary measures.

Mike Beggs, the city of Buda emergency management coordinator, said he has been working with regional partners to monitor the outbreak as well as federal partners.

The city of Buda will make additional decisions on future events and meetings as the situation develops. The city also created a page with the latest coronavirus information, which will continue to be updated. Click here to access the page.