Most critical efforts many counties and cities across the USA need to consider now is what measures can be applied "safely" to stimulate demand by getting consumers out of their homes and businesses back to work. "The facts will be evident with between 10 and 20% unemployment over the next year, reduced revenues for both county and city coffers does not lend to an easy road." -Governing
As the saying goes, "the buck stops here." Many Local Government administrations will need to establish a method to clearly recognize what the facts are, and which option is best suited for their community to proceed?
Your war room is working, and there is a flood of ideas, so now what? As a number of your senior managers consider their departments, they know too well there are always shortcomings when it comes to strategic/operational directives that never realized correctly, executed as planned and never within budget. This time it will be different as there is no plan B.
FEMA, SEMA, and CARE will help in the short term if you have documented and recorded all your expenses and managed positive initiatives well. Copious notes on never-ending meetings to decide how to progress will not "cut it" for FEMA support and so now is the time to have systems in place that can give you reports from all your information sources. It's the long term cause and effect process!
"While local decision-making, or steering, is likely the best option to maximize benefits, it will be challenging to implement. Authorities will need to integrate rapidly national and local decisions, communicate with their residents, and implement gradual changes to rules around physical distancing" McKinsey
There has never been a post-recovery from a pandemic in our lifetime, and understanding the ramifications of modern-day society is not easy. Yes, we have better communications, social media, better support mechanisms, an abundance of defined reports, but now what we do involves a global community environment. Hypothetically, in the US, the closed factories in one county are affecting research hospitals in Australia, or our farmers are begging us to help acquire fertilizer from South America, now with closed borders. Our universities have lost over 20% of their foreign students, and there is now an overflow of unemployed. How do we rationalize and coordinate? These are some issues you need to deal with now.
The complexity of modern society is such that cities and counties having copious meetings, putting out fires and continually being reactive as the economy slowly turns around, will not give you the results you had hoped. As it turns out, coming out of this pandemic will be costly, sometimes dangerous, and maybe the downfall for several of the businesses in your city/county unless you apply computer-based planning now. As quoted from ICMA: "Leaders are going to need a strategic framework to deal with this phenomenon properly. We'll need to help people manage their stress and provide tools to help. We will need to focus on helping people feel connected by understanding we are all in this together."