AFAA COVID-19 Message

March 23, 2020

We find ourselves in a unique moment of history.  During the past several weeks how we and our businesses operate has changed.  We are now using terms such as social distance, essential business, essential travel and COVID-19. Depending on where you live and operate you may find yourself under a mandate to Shelter in Place issued by either the state, county or other local jurisdiction.

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the steps that are being taken to slow down and then stop it have in various parts of the United States changed your day-to-day practices. One question that the Automatic Fire Alarm Association has received questions on, is the fire alarm industry “essential?”

The response is YES. There are a number of definitions that have been released over the past few days that while they do not mention the fire alarm industry specifically, our industry is well within the guidelines for the maintaining essential infrastructure for emergency repair and safety purposes. This is for health care, public utilities, telecommunications and data centers, food processing, pharmaceuticals, food markets, distribution warehouses, banks and so forth.

Provided below is a link to Guidance of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, promulgated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

This document lists fourteen critical infrastructure sectors. A copy of this document should be kept in your offices and carried in all of your field vehicles to have if there should be a question by authorities regarding being an essential business and conducting essential travel.

In addition to this document, you should also check with any requirements that your state or local jurisdictions may have put into place. This is an evolving situation that is changing almost hourly. AFAA is working closely with other trade organizations so that all of our members have the most relevant information.

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March 29, 2020

Version 2.0 of the Guidance of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce as promulgated by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Within the revised documents are two (2) direct references to the electronic security and fire alarm industry as being essential:

                Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders (page 6):

Workers – including contracted vendors – who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).

                Communications and Information Technology (page 11):

Workers providing electronic security, fire, monitoring and life safety services, and to ensure physical security, cleanliness and safety of facilities and personnel, including temporary licensing waivers for security personnel to work in other States or Municipalities.

For the full document, you can download it here.

Guidance of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

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