The landscape around the coronavirus pandemic continues to shift rapidly. Communities and states across the United States have enacted new measures and added travel and social distancing precautions to slow the spread of coronavirus. Here at home in Illinois, Governor Pritzker signed an executive order extending the statewide Disaster Proclamation and stay-at-home order until April 30.
Our top priority is protecting the health and well-being of our chapter members and our local communities. The American Society of Safety Professionals recently made the decision to switch to virtual, postpone or cancel all in-person events through May 15, 2020. The Society is recommending that chapters align with the rest of the organization and cancel or postpone meetings and other events through May 15, 2020. Based on these developments and out of an abundance of caution and care, we are cancelling our in-person chapter meeting on April 17, 2020.
The chapter will host a virtual meeting via webinar on Friday April 24 instead. Additional details on the webinar will be sent out to the chapter as soon as possible. The chapter’s website will also be updated regularly with additional information as it becomes available. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding.
March 2020 Chapter Tour – Underwriters Labs – Postponed
Mar 12, 2020
The tour next Friday March 20th at Underwriters Laboratories will need to be postponed.
UL notified the Chapter Board today that due to concerns over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in the US, the organization has made a decision to avoid hosting large outdoor groups, and especially large tours through their facility. UL apologized for the short notice about postponing the tour. The good news is they have invited us back at a later date, perhaps in the fall. The chapter will be refunding any money that was processed through PayPal when you registered.
Our next scheduled chapter meeting is on April 17, 2020. Like you, the NEIL Chapter Board have been paying close attention to the news about COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Board has been talking at length about its impact on our upcoming chapter meetings. We recognize that the rapidly changing situation surrounding the coronavirus is raising many questions about attending/holding meetings. We are closely monitoring the latest updates from CDC and our local health authorities with respect to travel and activities. At this time, U.S. health authorities deem the immediate public risk of COVID-19 to be low. We are hopeful to be able to meet again in April. Circumstances can change rapidly, the Chapter Board is committed to providing additional updates as we get closer to April 17th and when emerging information becomes available.
We all can take some simple measures to help prevent the spread of illness and avoid exposure to this virus. We encourage you to review the World Health Organization’s recommended guidelines for respiratory etiquette and frequent handwashing. Please check out the posters CDC has published about the coronavirus and recommended precautions — these can be printed/posted at events as reminders of healthy practices, or shared as links/attachments in emails.
Australian Red Cross Donation
Feb 14, 2020
To assist those in Australia devastated by the bushfires that have ravaged the country since last July, the NEIL Chapter recently donated $1,000 AUD ($675 US) to the Australian Red Cross.
As bush fires affect communities across Australia on an unprecedented scale, The Australian Red Cross is right there, providing practical, local support where it’s needed to tens of thousands of people during and after the emergencies.
In January of this year, funds to their Disaster Relief and Recovery fund started to significantly increase. The Red Cross made the following public commitments about the use of donations made to the fund from July 1, 2019:
- Apart from $5m used to fund Red Cross emergency teams this year, all other funds will be used to support those affected by bushfires.
- Assistance will be provided to individuals and communities impacted by bushfires that have occurred across Australia since July 1, 2019.
- Up to 10 cents in the dollar will be used for essential administration support costs. We are working to keep these costs as low as possible.
- All interest earned will be contributed back to the fund.
- All funds will be used in Australia only.