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March 18, 2020 2:57 PM

A message from the Mayor of New Braunfels

All –

Last night the City of New Braunfels issued a Disaster Declaration, as many cities and governmental entities across the state have done. The declaration gives the City additional authority to react and manage under this unprecedented situation. It also helps ready the City for possible future federal reimbursement for our response efforts. The City has done similar disaster declarations during past flooding and storm events.

We are lucky to live in a community where our leaders work together to address our common issues. We have been working closely with Judge Sherman Krause and the Comal County Public Health Department, our state senators and representatives to share information and strategies in addressing our community’s health. In fact, our community leadership including the City, County, NBU, both school districts, and our local hospitals have been holding daily conference calls to coordinate our efforts.

Our organizations will continue to work together for our community’s best interest. As the situation evolves, we will evaluate changes in our approach and communicate those through our individual websites and social media sites.

I believe that the threat of underreacting is greater than the threat of overreacting. Therefore, I ask all New Braunfels residents to pay attention and follow the recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control. While it may be a temporary inconvenience, the health and safety of our neighbors, colleagues, friends and family should be in the front of everyone’s minds.

Barron Casteel

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