• Coronavirus (COVID19) Resources for Business

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  • This website was updated on Thursday, March 26th at 5:26 PM.

    The Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) is a central point for businesses to reach out in the event they need assistance. The BEOC also serves as a connection between the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and businesses that might have goods or services needed by the EOC to perform their duties. The BEOC was formed after Hurricane Florence with the hope that no businesses fall through the cracks during any future disasters in our area.

    The Wilmington Chamber is serving as the key partner with the county to set up the Business EOC. The dedicated phone number for the BEOC is 910-762-2611. The email address is businesseoc@wilmingtonchamber.org. We ask that you also share this with other business leaders. This service is for any business in the region in need of assistance.

  • What Does the State of Emergency Mean?
    On March 10, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina. This action activates the Emergency Operations Center to help agencies coordinate from one location and makes it easier to purchase needed medical supplies, protect consumers from price gouging, and increase county health departments’ access to state funds.

    Resources for Businesses

    COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention - An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    Protecting your Staff Through Work Practice ControlsSocial distancing means reducing the frequency, proximity, and duration of contact between people (both employees and customers) to reduce the chances of spreading pandemic influenza from person-to-person. All employers should implement good hygiene and infection control practices.

    OSHA Advice for Employees Living or Traveling Internationally - The U.S. Department of State emphasizes that, in the event of a pandemic, its ability to assist Americans traveling and residing abroad may be severely limited by restrictions on local and international movement imposed for public health reasons, either by foreign governments and/or the United States.

    Advice for Employers from the Society for Human Resources Management

    Coronavirus Resource Page - A resource page by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, including links to Resilience in a Box and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides.

    Small Business Disaster Resources - The U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance in response to the Coronavirus

    NC Department of Commerce: COVID-19 Information - The North Carolina Employment Security Division is publishing instructions and guidance on this page to help you understand new changes to the state’s unemployment system, due to the current impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus in North Carolina.

    North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development CenterNorth Carolina’s small business service providers are here to help you navigate this unprecedented event. As a collective, we have a long history of helping businesses prepare for and recover from disasters. As North Carolina comes to grips with the coronavirus, we are committed to providing businesses with guidance to help them manage during this crisis.

    RSM Coronavirus Resource Center - As middle market businesses feel the coronavirus fallout within their organizations - from sluggish supply chains to diminished workforce mobility -- it's important for leaders to stay on top of the evolving issues related to this crisis in order to mitigate the risks and plan accordingly.

    Chamber Developed Resource Guides

    Coronavirus Resource Guide - A resource guide by NC Chamber

    Resilience in a Box - Developed in partnership with The UPS Foundation, Resilience in a Box is based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.

    2019 Novel Coronavirus Resource Page - A resource page for chamber members, Asian Chamber of Commerce (TX)

    Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness - Tactical and practical resources for internal chamber crisis management and resources to share with members, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

    Create your own Crisis Management Plan using ACCE resources.

    Preparing and Responding to Coronavirus

    How to protect yourself – CDC guide on how to prevent and protect

    If you think you are sick – CDC guide on what to do if you are sick

    Comprehensive Coronavirus Information - Full resource page provided by the CDC

    Pandemic Guidance - A brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now. Based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Feb 2020)

    Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak - A guide outlining key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Feb 14, 2020)

    Understanding the Coronavirus - Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Jan 27, 2020)

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know - Free webinar hosted by Baker Donelson to learn about how you can safeguard your business from the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. 

    After Travel Precautions - To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions.