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COVID-19 Resources

 


VMA is here to help our members and the industry navigate through the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. We are working to keep the industry updated on issues that affect them, represent the industry to the federal and state governments as needed, provide tools for companies to use in their communications, and facilitate information sharing on best practices and approaches. Below are resources available to the industry as we work through together how to respond to this crisis. Members have access to additional legal resources, tools, templates and samples in the members only section: COVID-19 Member-Only Resources

 

This information is not meant to be legal or other advice. Companies should make their own determination on how to proceed based on consultations with their own legal counsel, regulatory requirements, and their own situation. Please let us know how else we can provide support to you by emailing VMA at info@vma.org.

 

Recent Updates:

  • NEW – Loan applications for programs put in place due to COVID-19 can be received starting April 3. See below for more information.
  • NEW – State Department is working on addressing supply chain issues globally due to COVID-19. See below for more information.
  • As more states issue shut down orders, VMA encourages companies to use the CISA Guidance as a way to explain why they are an essential business, if appropriate. See latest information below (under DHS/CISA Guidance on Critical Infrastructure).
  • VMA has sent a letter to Vice President Pence and the Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Agency explaining the importance of industrial valves in the continued operations of critical market segments to our nation.
  • VMA has postponed the following two events: Valve Forum: Conference & Exhibits and Valve Repair Seminar with Exhibits. More information will follow when available.
  • VMA members should visit the COVID-19 Member-Only Resources page for information on upcoming webinars, tools and templates, and more. Please note you must be signed in to view the page.


General Information

CDC Website
A variety of resources for individuals, communities and the business community.
 

 

CDC Coronavirus Guide

 

WHO Website
Information and tools for individuals, communities, businesses and employers. Also included is a dashboard that tracks the number of cases in every country and individual states in the U.S.

 

Power Industry information

 

State Department Creates Government-Wide Contact for Global Supply Chain Issues to coordinate and respond to global supply chain issues due to COVID-19. Find out more here.

 

Government Mandated Closures or Shutdowns

As states move toward issuing shutdowns, many companies in our industry need to stay operational in order to serve our nations critical infrastructure in water/wastewater, healthcare, energy, and other market segments. We encourage companies to evaluate how this applies to them, and if appropriate consider writing to their governor to make the case for why you need to stay operational through any shut down, and ask that the state uses the CISA Guidance as a guideline to determine essential businesses. As always, since each company and their situation are unique, we encourage you to consult appropriate legal guidance.

 

DHS/CISA Guidance on Critical Infrastructure

  • Updated CISA Guidance – This guidance was updated on March 28 and includes clarification in a number of areas including the critical manufacturing segment pertaining to our industry. We continue to suggest that this guidance be used as the basis for determining if your company is essential, however, each company does need to make this determination based on their own circumstance and legal review.

Information on States:

 

LOANS and TAX CREDITS

There are a number of loans and tax credits available for small and medium size businesses which have passed under the FFCRA and CARES Act.

 

Department of Treasury Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet here

  • Loan Application is here

IRS Guidance on COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses

 

Employee Laws and Regulations

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: COVID-19

 

COVID-19 Labor Issues, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and new state laws

 

 

 

 

 

   
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