Keeping Corona Healthy & Safe – Join the Conversation!
Now more than ever, residents are relying on the critical services the City provides, including 911 response and emergency medical services. The City must continue to ensure our community is prepared for any medical or catastrophic emergency. We will continue to put your health and safety first, and keep you updated through these unprecedented times.
Shortly before the pandemic crisis, the City had conducted a community priorities survey to obtain resident input on your priorities. The public’s results below, certainly speak to the need for self-sufficiency during the current crisis:
✔ Keeping our taxpayer dollars local to serve our needs
✔ Maintaining 911 emergency response, police/fire protection and paramedic services
✔ Addressing homelessness
✔ Updating aging fire equipment, breathing apparatuses, protective clothing for First Responders
✔ Improving preparation/response for natural disasters such as wildfire
✔ Keeping public areas safe and clean
✔ Expanding City services to support local businesses as they recover
✔ Supporting families in transition
In these challenging times for us all, we want to continue to hear from you. Please tell us what you think TODAY by completing a Community Feedback Form!
Frequently Asked Questions & Other Resources
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Q: Where can I access information about COVID/what I can do to keep my family safe?
A: While observing safe social distancing mandates, the City team continues the work of serving the public to keep our Corona community healthy and safe. For updates and resources, be sure to visit www.CoronaCA.gov/COVID-19.
Q: Do we have enough First Responders to help in a COVID pandemic?
A: The Corona Fire Department received over 9,000 calls for emergency medical and rescue services in the past year alone. Due to past budget cuts, while medical response times are longer than the national standards, our team of local Firefighters is working around the clock to keep our community healthy and safe.
Q: Can the City invest more in fire safety and emergency response to address these types of emergencies?
A: The city does not currently have the funds to adequately staff our local emergency communications center and public safety dispatch, put firefighters and paramedics back into our community, or upgrade the life-saving equipment and tools firefighters and paramedics use daily for fast, effective and safe response to 911 emergencies, house fires and wildfires. Once we get through the worst of this crisis together, we can plan for how best to address these needs into the future.
Q: What about the needs of families or residents who are homeless?
A: Homelessness has become a growing problem in Corona. During this crisis, the City is working with regional partners to address the support needs of all families and residents who need help, including those who are homeless. In the long-term, the City must do more to reduce homelessness by connecting residents who need help with nonprofit and regional services –including emergency shelter.
Q: Can the City get help from the State?
A: The State has shifted responsibility for many programs to cities like ours without the necessary funding to provide the services our local residents need. This has cost Corona tens of millions of dollars. While we appreciate the work the State is doing to address the health and financial impacts of the current crisis, our City must also continue to be steady and effective in addressing our own unique local needs, especially in these uncertain times.
Q: The City conducted a customer survey in the winter. What priorities have the community identified?
A: We want to thank any resident who gave us their input in the City’s recent community survey. Priorities we have heard to date include:
• Keeping our taxpayer dollars local to serve our needs
• Maintaining 911 emergency response, police/fire protection and paramedic services for First Responders
• Addressing homelessness
• Updating aging fire equipment, breathing apparatuses, protective clothing
• Improving preparation/response for natural disasters or emergencies like wildfire
• Keeping public areas safe and clean
Q: Why is the City asking for input at this time?
A: Today’s extraordinary times mean that it is more important than ever for the City to engage with residents on current and future needs and priorities. In that spirit the City has launched an interactive community website to hear from you.
Q: How will my feedback be utilized by the City?
A: In addition to current COVID needs, your community input will help the City plan with the public’s input in mind, as we look to the future effects of the current crisis. The City of Corona will be incorporating your feedback to reflect the concerns services that are most important to you are centered as we contemplate the tough road ahead.
Q: How can I provide input myself?
A: We want to continuing hearing from the public. Join the conversation by completing an online community survey at www.CoronaCA.gov/JoinTheConversation.
Quality of Life Community Survey Documents
- Corona Community Issues Survey Questionnaire
- Community Survey Results - April 8, 2020
- Quality of Life Survey Results Summary Memo - April 8, 2020
- Corona Residents Weigh in on their Priorities Press Release - April 10, 2020