An Important Letter from the NFC Steering Committee
The NFC Steering Committee has communicated on a regular basis to discuss the challenges we face related to Coronavirus. The challenges vary from state to state, but all present issues that could significantly impact your business and the framing industry.
In heavily populated areas we have already seen job closures and demobilizations. As local and state governments react to the spread of the virus it will inevitably impact businesses around the country, so now is the time to prepare.
The NFC has created a guidance document regarding “Field Preparation for Jobsite Closure.” The purpose of this document is “to provide instructions regarding the procedure to close a jobsite when there is no complete demobilization following a stop work order or direction relating to a contagious disease epidemic or pandemic.” (Download the Word file here.)
The following are additional suggestions to consider for a jobsite closure, reduction in workforces or demobilization:
- Take inventory of materials and do what you can to reduce inventory now so you have less to deal with in the event of a demobilization. Be sure to take pictures of the inventory left onsite. When a state is ordered to ‘shelter in place’ there is not much time to prepare, often less than 24 hours.
- Be sure to take pictures of the jobsite prior to leaving. Document the condition of the jobsite, the status of the project, inventory, and equipment.
- Begin to understand contracts so you are aware of the obligations outlined in the document. Some contracts may require that you provide notice of Force Majeure if you feel that you will be facing a shortage of workers and/or an interruption in the supply chain.
- Create a line item in your company’s financials for any expenses you incur due to Coronavirus. If you need to apply for assistance in the future, this will be easier to track.
- Reach out to your colleagues in states that have already experienced ‘shelter in place’ and talk with them about their experiences.
- We need to lean on each other during these times. As you face challenges we want you to know we are here to help you. If you have questions or concerns and want to talk to someone, feel free to call anyone on the Steering Committee and reach out to fellow members for counsel and advice. Please click here to access Steering Committee members’ phone numbers and here to access phone numbers for framer members.
The NFC website is being updated as we receive information about Coronavirus. Email updates are going out as we receive significant updates and we are regularly posting on social media (Linked In, Facebook, and Instagram).
Again, please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help.
NFC Steering Committee