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NRECA staff has been closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and wants to assure you that we are taking measures to protect the health and safety of our members, staff and other event participants. Based on the growing risk and local, state and national orders, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization, NRECA has canceled these programs through the end of April:

  • New CEO Orientation, March 31-April 3, Arlington and Dulles, Va.
  • Directors Conference, April 4-7, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Safety Leadership Summit, April 14-17, Orlando, Fla.
  • Legislative Conference, April 26-29, Washington, D.C.
  • Cooperative University (Spring), April 27-May 1, Kansas City, Mo.
  • NRECA training program in Madison, Wis.:
    • Certified Loss Control Professional Seminar, March 22-27
    • MIP Group 2/Unit C, March 30-April 9
    • Cooperative Finance Professional Certificate Program, Group 1, Session 1, April 20-24
    • MIP Group 3, Unit C, April 27-May 7

NRECA will contact individuals who are already registered for the canceled events. We are exploring options for rescheduling and/or offering virtual options for those events where such alternatives may make sense.

We expect this situation will continue to evolve. Event postponements or cancellations beyond the month of April may become necessary to safeguard the health of those involved and/or to comply with state or local orders. We will make decisions about those events and communicate with you as soon as practical so that you can plan accordingly.

Thanks for your ongoing support of NRECA, and we’ll continue to be in communication with you in the days and weeks ahead.

Coronavirus Resources

  • Straight Talk Materials: Check out Straight Talk’s customizable resources on COVID-19 communications. These resources can be edited for your external and internal audiences.

  • Co-op COVID-19 Response Tracker: In response to member requests for a database of co-op activities across the network related to COVID-19, we are providing an editable Excel file via Google Docs that will allow co-ops to enter their own information and track others' activities.

  • COVID-19 Preparedness Considerations for Co-ops: Learn more about the steps that co-ops may consider as part of their business continuity planning related to the coronavirus.

  • Talking Points on Disconnects: Review talking points for electric co-ops suspending member disconnects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 Communications Templates: These templates can support co-op efforts to communicate to employees and consumer-members.

  • FAQs—The Impact of Coronavirus on Electric Co-ops: As the coronavirus situation evolves, co-ops should be prepared to answer questions from consumer-members, policymakers and media outlets. Here are examples of questions that co-ops should expect to answer. To promote message consistency and support your planning efforts, sample answers are provided on subsequent pages.

  • Energy Secretary's Letter to Governors: Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette sent a letter March 27 to state governors asking them to provide assistance to ensure that critical electric infrastructure remains fully operational during the COVID-19 crisis, including the authority to travel to worksites and special measures to protect and monitor the health of power plant operators and control center crews.

  • Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council Coronavirus Resource Guide: This guide highlights data points, stakeholders and options to consider in making decisions about your co-op's operations while protecting the health and safety of employees and your members.

  • Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council Key Messages: View key messaging on business continuity planning, industry-government and cross-sector coordination, potential impacts to mutual assistance networks and more.

  • North American Electric Reliability Corp. COVID-19 Advisory: Read NERC’s latest advisory on COVID-19 and learn more about their recommendations to industry.

  • Fact Sheet on Emergency Expanded FMLA and Sick Leave Provisions: Read the details on legislation signed by the president in March that expands emergency family and medical leave and paid sick leave. The bill provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave if there is a need related to a public health emergency. Employees would also be eligible for two weeks of paid sick leave under the same circumstances. This applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees.

  • NRECA's Letter to Congress: Read the letter NRECA sent to Congress in support of relief for our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • USDA Opportunities for Immediate Relief: See the actions USDA has taken to help rural businesses and communities affected by COVID-19, including Rural Utilities Service loan programs.

  • NRECA's Letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: Read the letter from NRECA CEO Jim Matheson asking the USDA secretary to use his administrative authority to offer relief to co-ops.

  • NRECA Press Releases: Visit electric.coop for NRECA’s press releases related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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