Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

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APGA’s thoughts and prayers with you, your families and your communities during these challenging and rapidly changing times.  Your safety as well as your family’s, employees’ and community’s safety is our greatest concern.  

APGA's focus during these times will be to support our members in any way we can to help them navigate the COVID-19 related challenges they are facing.  APGA staff is participating on frequent calls with both industry and government partners through the Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC).  The focus is to ensure that there is consistency among utility response and activities, such as accessing customer homes, as well as to inform the government on company efforts and any needs.  Updates and developments that come out of those calls are being posted on the APGA Community, and we have many resources below for APGA members from virtual roundtables where members can network, preparedness materials, and links to helpful articles and guidance.

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Utility Member Virtual Roundtables


APGA has created a virtual roundtable that is held at 11:00 AM ET every Monday, Wednesday and Friday dedicated to discussing the COVID-19 situation and how it is impacting daily natural gas distribution operations.

The purpose of these roundtables is to create a platform for APGA members to share how they are modifying policies and procedures during this time.

Registration is not required. Please use the dial-in information which is available on the APGA Community at community.apga.org.

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Utility COVID-19 Statement Template



APGA has developed a statement for members to use when communicating with customers about COVID-19. Please feel free to use the attached statement and modify as needed.

The statement can be viewed at community.apga.org (login required - members' only content).  

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APGA Preparedness Webinar Recording



On March 11, APGA held a webinar addressing utility emergency preparedness and response plans to help our members prepare for pandemic planning. 

The webinar can be viewed at www.apga.org/webinars.  

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APGA Community


The APGA Community is a private virtual network for our members to be able to network, share, and collaborate on industry best practices. There are two important threads for our members to view (members only login required to view):

>>Utility Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans

>>Virtual Roundtable COVID-19

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Guidance and Resources

General Resources:


U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC): For authoritative information and resources on COVID-19, including situation reports, guidance, and more, visit U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) website and CISA.gov/coronavirus.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html and their infographics for employers: Link

OSHA
 Guidance – Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19:  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf


National Institute of Health's Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace Training Materials: tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/covid19worker

NIOSH Guidance on Coronavirus in Workplaces: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/emres/2019_ncov.html

National Safety Council (NSC) echoes recommendations from OSHA and CDC, which include:

  • Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick, and see a doctor immediately to be evaluated for COVID-19
  • If a worker becomes infected, insist that he or she fully recovers before returning to work.

Utility & Operator Resources:

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)’s Guidance to State Pipeline Safety Program Directors: PHMSA_Guidance_to_States_Partners_Regarding_COVID19_.pdf

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)’s Notice of Stay of Enforcement and Notice of Enforcement Discretion: PHMSA_Notice_on_Enforcement.pdf


Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council's Assessing and Mitigating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): APGA staff is participating on calls with both industry and government partners through the Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). The focus is to ensure consistency among utility response and activities, such as accessing customer homes, as well as to inform the government on company efforts and any needs. Check out this updated Resource Guide developed in collaboration with the ESCC.


API Pandemic Planning Guide
https://www.api.org/~/media/Files/EHS/Process-Safety/API-PandemicGuide-2016.pdf

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Memo on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response: Read here

Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA)'s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/19/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-eligible-emergency-protective-measures


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):


National Conference of State Legislatures: State Quarantine and Isolation Statutes https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-quarantine-and-isolation-statutes.aspx