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SPECIAL EDITION: COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS

March 2020 | Volume 14 Issue 3.2

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The document provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, and contains information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.

 

COVID-19: Five Things to Know and Do is the title of a Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) Risk eNews article by Katharine Nesslage and Whitney McKim. The article states that COVID-19 has caused many nonprofits to shift their focus to emergency planning for an infectious disease. The NRMC wants to remind organizations that your organization may already have plans in place to help mitigate the risk of a public health crisis. Now is a good time to re-visit contingency plans and start training staff on how to handle a crisis. Click HERE for some tips to help you hone your crisis management skills to offset an infectious disease crisis.

 

CDC Releases Statement on Water Transmission and COVID-19. Safe-Wise Consulting has been keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 outbreak and how it’s impacting our clients. We’ve received questions about how this virus might affect your operations, especially in relation to treated pool water. On March 10th, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch released clarification on this question. Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs? There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. Click HERE for this guidance and other drinking water, recreational water and wastewater guidance from the CDC.

 

Preparing to Shelter in Place During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Is the title of a March 11, 2020 Water Quality and Health Council article by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH, and Bruce K. Bernard, PhD. The article provides guidance on preparing to shelter in place in the event that becomes necessary during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The interactive “Dr. Ralph’s Emergency Preparedness Closet” illustrates the supplies families will need to stay healthy and secure while confined to their homes. Also addressed are tactics for staying mentally and emotionally healthy while sheltering in place. Click HERE to read the entire article.

 

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2020 Risk Summit. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) team is excited to announce preliminary details for the 2020 Risk Summit. The Risk Summit is scheduled for October 19-20, 2020 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel, Houston, TX. The event will feature a variety of educational workshops and roundtables, including a fun opening session, provocative thought leader workshops, practical hands-on and ‘how to’ workshops, and invaluable peer networking sessions. The NRMC team will facilitate meaningful networking from start to finish; if you want to meet risk leaders from diverse nonprofits and experts from industry, don’t miss the 2020 Risk Summit. Click HERE to register. Questions? Contact the NRMC at (703)777-3504 or info@nonprofitrisk.org.

 

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (AIKD), founded by Camp Fire will be celebrated on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Every year, millions of people—like you—write/tell a young person in their life what makes them incredible. Participating in #KidDay #AIKD is a simple, meaningful way to let young people know how much they are appreciated. Words are powerful. Young lives are changed by this day and the simple act of your encouragement, love, and kindness. Click HERE if you’re interested in being a national partner or holding an event in your workplace.

 

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