IKECA Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

CEU Waivers for Certification Renewal:

The IKECA Board of Directors is aware that 2020 Annual Conference attendees would have earned CEUs toward certification renewal by attending, and have adopted a resolution to waive any unfulfilled CEU requirements for renewals due in June 2020. If you have questions about your certification renewal status please contact info@ikeca.org for assistance.

Extension of Deadline for Unpaid 2020 Membership Dues:

The IKECA Board of Directors has adopted a resolution to provide a 90-day extension for submission of unpaid 2020 Membership Dues. If you have questions about your IKECA Membership renewal status please contact info@ikeca.org for assistance.

Resources for the KEC Industry:

KEC Pandemic Preparedness Planning Guide

IKECA YouTube Channel

Reopening Guidance from NFPA on Fire Safety Systems Inspection, Maintenance & Cleaning

James Shea, IKECA Standards Development Committee Chair
James Roberts, IKECA Standards Development Committee Vice Chair

The world certainly has changed since the first quarter of 2020. Face masks required… hand sanitizer, bathroom tissue, and chicken wings scarce and hard to find… restaurants, hotels, and places of assembly struggle with the new normal and are challenged with the ability to create business models allowing for continued revenues and success.

The reality is that the economy will get back to a positive outlook, unemployment rates will drop over the next several months as businesses begin to re-open, and people and businesses will evolve.

One thing will not change: the potential risk of catastrophic loss resulting from a fire. History shows that when things get tough, corners are cut, services are discontinued, and the risk to life safety and property escalates due to potential fire.

The National Fire Protection Association recently published Fire and Life Safety Checklist for Reopening a Building. This checklist is a valuable resource for business owners, landlords, insurance companies, and the service industry to ensure the safe and effective reopening and operations of their businesses.

Some restaurants and business continued to operate during the pandemic crisis and may have foregone the important services and maintenance procedures that keep their customers, employees, and business safe from risk of a catastrophic event. These services must be re-established, and the service industry must endeavor to persuade their customers to insure safety to life and property.

The checklist published by NFPA is not only a great way for business to reopen but also an excellent tool for stakeholders to assess their current situation and insure all the items on the list have been addressed.

Strive to Excellence! Be Safe! Remember that Safety to Life is not an accident. Codes and requirements are based on historical information and catastrophic events, and are created to prevent these things from reoccurring.

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
PPP Borrower Information Sheet

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. (Posted April 3, 2020)

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.

U.S. Department of Labor News Release
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 24, 2020)

Small Businesses Already Feeling Huge Drop in Demand Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), New Study Shows
A just released national study found that 69 percent of U.S. small businesses have experienced a large drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and 60 percent believe demand will continue to decline. The study of small businesses by America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Thryv Inc., found that 82 percent of small businesses are “extremely concerned” about the current business environment in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. (March 24, 2020)

COVID-19 Small Business Resources
America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. On this page ASBDC has gathered information and resources to help small businesses plan for and respond to the pandemic.

NFPA issues guidance to government officials on fire protection and life safety systems regardless of occupancy status
NFPA urges officials to ensure that fire protection and life safety systems be maintained in all commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings throughout this global pandemic. They further urge that the personnel and vendors that service those systems be deemed essential. (March 24, 2020)

Coronavirus Impact on Construction Contracts – Two Webinars:

Words of Wisdom from the IKECA Leadership
A well-educated and protected community can remain strong and viable during these times. (March 23, 2020)

Business Guidance information from IA Business Solutions
Customers cancelling KEC services? Here’s some guidance from Brian Smith at IA Business Solutions. (March 13, 2020)

Managing Cash Flow in Times of Crisis
Randy Conforti shares advice for guarding assets and monitoring cash flow during times of uncertainty. (March 24, 2020)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions
The US Small Business Administration (US SBA, or SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA working capital loans are available to small businesses directly affected by the disaster, that offer services related to the businesses in the declaration of disaster or indirectly related and likely to be harmed by losses in the community. Download an informative presentation to learn more, and seek the help of your state Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in seeking an SBA loan. (March 24, 2020)