COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Assistance
Tactical & Practical Resources
As COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread globally, impacting commerce and communities, we want to provide useful tools and resources to you.
Below is a list of resources compiled for members to guide them on their response to the Coronavirus pandemic. During times like these, we know community stakeholders look to the chamber for leadership and support. We will continue to update this page with additional resources and templates.
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Preparing and Responding to Coronavirus
Chambers of commerce and businesses need to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. Learn more about implementing a series of actions designed to minimize its impact on local communities and support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containment strategy.
⇒ 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: Interim guidance
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)
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)
⇒ 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.
Create Your Crisis Management Plan
⇒ Emergency Response Plan
An overview and guidance for the development of an emergency response plan, by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
⇒ Emergency Response Plan Worksheet
A 10-page document to help businesses identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan, by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
More Planning Resources
⇒ Crisis Communications Plan
A guide that provides direction for developing a crisis communications plan, by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
⇒ Business Continuity Plan
Overview and instruction on creating a business continuity plan with links to worksheets and resources required to support recovery strategies, by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
⇒ Leaders in Business Community Resilience
A scalable guide for businesses of all sizes to develop resilient communities against all hazards, by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
⇒ Resilience in a Box
A collection of resources based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience with a focus on small businesses.