While there have been times of panic (try finding toilet paper somewhere), these are also times of great planning.
It is your job to be informed.
Don't spread falsehoods that you heard or saw on Facebook. Seek information and knowledge for yourself, your company and your family. No leader of a country, state, city or business should be taking the Coronavirus issue lightly. On the other side of that coin though is also the need for voices of reason. Leaders should be steady and willing to listen. Leaders should give thought to how today's decisions impact the future. Leaders should put safety and health above dollars and widgets. While the financial burdens are not likely to be known until much later, the burden of being the reason someone gets sick is far greater.
There is no denying the impact that COVID-19 has already on this country and in various industries. As leaders in manufacturing it is MAM's job and your job to provide resources, establish plans of action to keep people safe and to shorten the amount of time Coronavirus takes hold.
Here are some great resources to help you stay informed:
Small Business Administration - Providing Disaster Assistance Loans
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Further resources can be found on SBA’s website: www.SBA.gov/coronavirus and www.SBA.gov/disaster.
Department of Labor: New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
Today DOL announced new guidance outlining flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance (UI) programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Department of Energy Coronavirus Resources
For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the CDC's website: coronavirus.gov