The Latest Resources on the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Posted by: Shannon Roberts
Houston BOMA Statement on COVID 19
March 12, 2020
COVID-19 is a cause for concern worldwide and now in Houston, Texas. The potential impact of the COVID-19 on all events in and around our lives is currently at the top of everyone’s minds.
It is important to Houston BOMA that we balance the benefits of presenting meetings, seminars and social programs with the need to protect the health of members and others we serve. Due to recent event cancellations and the news of Houston area community spread case, Houston BOMA will be rescheduling all events for the next 30 days.
We want to avoid unnecessary alarm, but while we believe it is unlikely that someone might contract the virus from attending a Houston BOMA event, we don’t want anyone to be exposed to the virus because they attended a function.
If you are currently registered for one of these events, Houston BOMA will be reaching out with more information as we confirm new event dates.
We will continue to monitor and track information and guidance from the CDC and World Health Organization, Harris County and City of Houston officials, and the Houston Health Department and keep you current with any further potential impact on the organization.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the BOMA Office at (713) 266-5691.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our membership safe.
Harris County Stay Home, Work Safe Order
On Tuesday, March 24, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a "Stay at Home, Work Safe" order that goes into effect at midnight through April 3, 2020.
The order defines “Essential Businesses” by incorporating the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines found here:
Specifically, “a) Workers to ensure continuity of building functions” and “b) Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures” are defined as essential.
Throughout our country, the commercial real estate industry is supporting health care providers, educational institutions, first responders, the pharmaceutical industry, all levels of government, and countless others responding to the coronavirus. We're working to let our State officials know that material disruption to building operations or safety could severely impact these critical needs.
To help ensure the continuity and stability of these services, we're requesting that any order for shelter-in-place listing essential business exemptions should include the language noting that the order does not apply to essential personnel including property managers, building operators/engineers, security, janitorial, elevator service, plumbing, electrical and HVAC personnel.
We'll send an update with the response and post all updates on this page.
- Effectively Managing and Leading Remote Employees During An Evolving Situation: Webinar in Partnership with BOMA Georgia
March 26, 2020 | 1:30-2:15 PM CT
Is leadership different when facilitating employee success in a virtual environment? Do some employees flourish better than others? While many of us have experienced partial virtual work environments, we have never been in a forced virtual environment for an undetermined amount of time before. How can we identify and address the differences in our team members and help them thrive individually?What leadership characteristics do we need to demonstrate to them in an ever-evolving situation and an uncertain environment? Join us for an informative session and explore solutions to help alleviate the worries and maximize the productivity of your teams for the weeks ahead. Members can use the promo code “BOMA” to attend absolutely free! Houston BOMA Members will need to create an account on the BOMA Georgia website to register for the webinars. Register here.
- Improving your Effectiveness as a Remote Employee In Unusual Times: Webinar Hosted in Partnership with BOMA Georgia
March 25, 2020 | 10-10:45 AM CT
While many of us have policies that have allowed us to enjoy the benefits of partial virtual work, we have entered a time when we may be forced into total virtual work for a longer period of time. There are a few essentials that all virtual environments need in place in order to function well, and there are others that have to do with the psychological impact of being externally forced into this arrangement, along with personality styles that are well-suited and some that are not for this environment. We’ll take a look at basic principles of being a successful remote employee, explore some actions that everyone can take to manage work styles, address engagement preferences, consider reducing stress in an ever-evolving environment, answer questions about challenges everyone is facing, and explore problem-solving together. Members can use the promo code “BOMA” to attend absolutely free! Houston BOMA Members will need to create an account on the BOMA Georgia website to register for the webinars. Register here.
- Coronavirus Webinar in Partnership with BOMA Georgia and APIC: March 12, 1:30 PM Eastern/12:30 pm Central - In this free BOMA Georgia webinar, conducted in partnership with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Infection Prevention Manager Krystle Johnson, RN, MSN, CIC, will provide attendees with the key facts they need to know about the Coronavirus and the threat it poses to commercial real estate. Attendees will also discover the role they can play in preventing the spread of the disease at their properties and businesses. View the free webinar at bomageorgia.org/health.
Promotional & Informational Materials
- Coping with Stress - Dealing with a crisis can take a toll on your mental health! This flyer contains advice to help you reduce your stress and stay calm. If you have or work with children, be sure to check out the companion document, Helping Children Cope with Stress.
- Coping With Uncertainty About The Coronavirus Video - This free video webinar from global employee assistance program provider ComPsych talks about workplace anxiety and how to deal with the emotional issues around the coronavirus outbreak, like fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Just fill out your name and email and you'll get instant access to the free video!
Preparedness Planning & Guidance
- Tenant-Staff Advisory of Infection Letter Template - Use this template for any tenant-staff communication regarding Coronavirus infections. These are examples have been harvested from BOMA members. The message may change based on suspected, proximal or confirmed cases. It is strongly recommended that official crisis communications should be shared/discussed/approved with the advice of legal counsel.
- COVID19 Preparedness Checklist - In response to increasing questions and concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), BOMA International has released a new COVID19 Preparedness Checklist.
This checklist, along with BOMA’s Guide to the Coronavirus, provide foundational knowledge to better understand the contagion and how to best prepare and react in a commercial building setting.
- Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance from the CDC - This document provides interim planning guidance for State, territorial, tribal, and local communities that focuses on several measures other than vaccination and drug treatment that might be useful during an influenza pandemic to reduce its harm. This interim guidance introduces a Pandemic Severity Index to characterize the severity of a pandemic, provides planning recommendations for specific interventions that communities may use for a given level of pandemic severity, and suggests when these measures should be started and how long they should be used.
- COVID-19 Factsheet from the CDC - This informational flyer on the coronavirus COVID-19 can be shared with tenants and your staff to educate them on the virus. The document includes links to websites with the current status of transmission and cases in the United States so you can stay up to date.
City of Houston & Local Information
- Houston Health Department COVID-19 Call Center - The Houston Health Department has opened a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call center for Houston residents needing more information about coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Houstonians can call 832-393-4220 to speak to department staff and obtain information about the disease or get their questions answered. The call center will open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will return voice messages left after hours the following day on a first call, first served basis.
- AlertHouston Emergency Notification System - Register for alerts from the City of Houston so you can receive critical information in any emergency situation on current conditions, expected impacts, and protective actions you can take.
Economic Impact on Businesses