Franklin County Emergency Management Launches Free Face Mask Program

(BENTON-ILLINOIS) In an effort to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency is making over 20,000 cloth face masks available to the public free of charge. The masks are available to any Franklin County citizen who would like one and will be distributed at key locations in cooperation with local municipalities, faith based organizations and community groups. The face masks were provided to Franklin County at no cost by the Southern Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief, Illinois Baptist Association, and Illinois Voluntary Organziations Active in Disaster (IL-VOAD). Assistance for this program was also provided by the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency.
“As COVID-19 illness and deaths continue to rise in Franklin County, I am encouraging those who need a face mask to visit one of our distribution sites to obtain one”, said Director of Emergency Management Ryan M. Buckingham. “As we gather together to celebrate with our family and friends this holdiay season, let’s also keep in mind the simple things we can do to reduce our risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19".  
The public can visit any of the following locations now to pick up a packet of five (5) free face masks: 
  • Benton City Hall, 1403 S Main St, Benton, IL 62812
  • Christopher City Hall, 208 N Thomas St, Christopher, IL 62822
  • Logan Village Hall,  6342 Main St, Logan, IL 62856
  • Royalton Village Hall, 311 S Main St, Royalton, IL 62983
  • Sesser City Hall, 302 W Franklin St, Sesser, IL 62884
  • West City Police Department, 201 S. Browning Street, West City, Illinois 62812
  • West Frankfort City Hall, 605 W. Main Street, West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
  • Zeigler City Hall, 301 Church Street, Zeigler, Illinois 62999 
The agency plans on establishing more locations in the near future. You can visit to see a full listing of face mask distribution sites as they are updated.
Citizens are asked to please continue to follow the guidance of local public health officials and the CDC to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.