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  2. I try to keep the mindset that my glass is half-full but I’ve been kicked in the butt with all that’s going on with the coronavirus and how it’s affected all of us — in every aspect of our lives. I had a bit of a meltdown the other day when the governor of my state, Wisconsin, announced a stay-at-home policy until April 24. No cars on the road means no business, and my mind raced with so many things: How was I going to keep my towing business and employees not only safe, but able to carry on through the next couple of months? “I really needed to get it together,” I told myself. “This is a health crisis and everyone has to do their part.” The power of positive thinking can sometimes sound a little cliché, but I believe it can give you more confidence, improve your mood and help with stress. I began writing down some tips to remind me to keep a positive outlook. I hope they might help you too. Start the day with a positive affirmation. This sets the tone for the rest of the day. Tell yourself: Today is going to be a good day. Focus on the good things, however small. We’re all going to face forks in the road, but as towers we are known to take the challenge and focus on what the benefit can be. Helping others is what is needed right now. Find and experience some laughter and humor. Watching cat videos maybe? Failures can become great lessons. Don’t beat yourself up, we’re not perfect. Negative thoughts bring you down further. Turn it back to positive self-talk. Eliminate negativity before it consumes you. Take deep breaths and focus to stay in the present moment. Surround yourself with positive people. Your colleagues are going through the same things. Your employees need for you to stay positive. The last tip reminded me of lyrics from the song “You’ve Got a Friend,” by James Taylor and Carole King: When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand … all you’ve got to do is call and I’ll be there … you’ve got a friend. Along with the power of positive thinking, don’t underestimate the power of a visit — call that friend. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. Tow Times is reaching out to gauge the current pandemic’s impact on the towing industry. Please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey. All information remains anonymous. Survey results will be shared with the industry. We greatly appreciation you sharing this information, and hope your family, and your towing family, are safe and healthy. Click here to take the survey. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is offering “Covid-19 Resources for Small Business” with resources and information related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Advocacy will post more information will be posted as it becomes available The Covid-19 Resources for Small Business can be found here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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  8. During this time of uncertainty, the safety and wellbeing of our team members and our customers is our top priority. As an organization, we have taken many preventive measures to limit the potential spread of the virus and mitigate the impact to our business and yours. Below are key actions taken to date. Increased cleaning frequency of high-touch areas in our facilities Deployment of regular communications to team members as a reminder to follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Canceled or rescheduled company events Limitations placed on global and domestic business travel Implemented a quarantine period of 14 days following completion of any business-related or personal travel to areas of concern Educated team members and are actively practicing social distancing measures such as maintaining a minimum amount of space between employees Mandatory remote work for all office staff who can complete their work outside Jerr-Dan facilities Implemented staggered work shifts and work zones to limit the spread of germs Limited visitors to our facilities to business-critical visits and deliveries only Manufacturing Plant Closure Jerr-Dan has proactively decided to temporarily suspend its production with a planned shutdown March 30th through April 10th, with plans to reopen April 13th. Parts Distribution Centers & Customer Support Our parts distribution warehouses remain fully functional. We will continue to strictly abide by any local government requests related to business closures and implement any requested preventive health measures. The inside sales/customer support departments remain operational with most personnel working remotely as noted above. Supply Chain In an effort to align supply to demand, we have adjusted manufacturing operations as per the above schedule. This action is exclusive to the Access Segment and does not impact manufacturing operations in the Commercial, Defense or Fire & Emergency segments of Oshkosh. We have communicated with and are actively working with suppliers to adjust delivery schedules and volume to enable ramp up to full production as factories reopen. The post Jerr-Dan is committed to preventing the potential spread of COVID-19 appeared first on Jerr-Dan. View the full article on Jerrdan.com
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  10. Covid-19 Response from Tow Canada All of us here at Automotive Retailers Publishing, publishers of Tow Canada magazine, are following the advice of the health authorities and directives from the government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we wish to assure our readers, writers and advertisers that in most respects, at this time it is "business as usual." Our printing and distribution partners tell us they are not anticipating any production delays. Although the ARP office is closed until further notice, we are all equipped to work remotely, and we are. This allows us to practice social distancing without disturbing our workflow. That means that you can expect no interruption in the publication of Tow Canada. That said, we understand that the pandemic is causing big reductions in vehicles on the road, which is impacting towing companies. Towers have concerns about how to practice social distancing without interfering with their ability to service customers. We are all in uncharted territory. If you can find the time, we would love to hear from you. Tell us how this is affecting your business, or you personally. How are you adapting? Are there challenges you have not been able to overcome? We may be able to help. If we communicate, as an industry, we can support each other and help each other get through these trying times. Contact us! And stay safe! Rene Young, Publisher-editor Tow Canada View the full article on Tow Canada
  11. On March 19, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during Covid-19 response. The memorandum was intended to identify those workers critical to public safety and health who would be exempt from mandatory business closures or work shutdowns. In the “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” CISA “developed an initial list of ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers’ to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.” The Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce can be viewed by clicking here. While the guidance addresses numerous occupations and services in law enforcement, public safety, first responders, transportation and logistics as essential, critical infrastructure workers, towing operations are not included in the listings. Noting it was likely an oversight, industry safety advocate Bill Giorgis of Mike’s Wrecker Service in Saginaw, Mich., would like to see towing operations formally on the list. “The towing community is critical to keeping roads open and trucks on the highways across the United States,” Giorgis said. “Adding towers universally to the list as first responders would solve this now and in the future. Towers should check in the states they work in and see how they’re classified. If they are classified as first responders, it is not an issue. They may be classified as contracted vendors, or under transportation. “While this omission is not a significant development considering the overall impact of the coronavirus, the towing industry should be aware of this classification now rather than later,” Giorgis said, “and to perhaps work on inclusion as first responders in the future.” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  12. As part of the Trump Administration’s aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts: Faster, Easier Qualification Process for States Seeking SBA Disaster Assistance. Historically, the SBA has required that any state or territory impacted by disaster provide documentation certifying that at least five small businesses have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster, with at least one business located in each declared county/parish. Under the just-released, revised criteria, states or territories are only required to certify that at least five small businesses within the state/territory have suffered substantial economic injury, regardless of where those businesses are located. Expanded, Statewide Access to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses. SBA disaster assistance loans are typically only available to small businesses within counties identified as disaster areas by a Governor. Under the revised criteria issued on March 17, disaster assistance loans will be available statewide following an economic injury declaration. This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus. “We’re very encouraged that banks and financial institutions are responding to the President’s efforts to mobilize an unprecedented public-private response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result, most small businesses that need credit during these uncertain times will be able to obtain it. However, our goal is to ensure that credit is available to any and all small businesses that need credit but are unable to access it on reasonable terms through traditional lending channels,” said Administrator Carranza. “To that end, the SBA is relaxing the criteria through which states or territories may formally request an economic injury declaration, effective immediately. Furthermore, once an economic injury declaration has been made in a state or territory, the new rules allow the affected small businesses within the state or territory to apply for a disaster assistance loan.” SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. Once a declaration is made, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to affected small businesses within the state. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible. For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster. Source: SBA View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  13. On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Dpartment of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, FMCSA is providing additional regulatory relief to our nation’s commercial drivers to get critically important medical supplies, food, and household goods to Americans in need. The nation’s truck drivers are on the front lines of this effort and are critical to America’s supply chain. We will continue to support them and use our authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen. FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for: Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants. Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores. Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items. Fuel. Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine. Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes. Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services. The expanded declaration stipulates that direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of the emergency declaration. To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the drive must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers. FMCSA’s emergency declaration is the first time the Agency has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  14. Old MacDonald had a cell phone, E-I-E-I-O And on that phone he had an APP, E-I-E-I-O With an APP APP here and an APP APP there, Here an APP, there an APP everywhere an APP APP, Old MacDonald had a cell phone E-I-E-I-O Old MacDonald had a cell phone, E-I-E-I-O And on that phone he had Google, Facebook, Candy Crush and Messenger, E-I-E-I-O With a YouTube here, an Instagram there, Here a settings, there a camera, everywhere an Email and Pandora, Old MacDonald had a cell phone, E-I-E-I-O I guess I have been singing too many nursery rhymes with my two-year-old granddaughter because I started singing this song after I turned on my phone and realized how many apps are actually on it. I don’t even know what some are for, they came with my upgrade. Cell phones have certainly changed how we all communicate and can be an amazing tool for running a business. The cell phone of today can truly be a mobile office. We’ve come a long way since the big, bulky bag phone, but at the time it seemed like the greatest invention ever. It makes you wonder where technology will take us next. I know there are major health concerns affecting everyone now, everywhere around the world, so I’m hoping my little rhyme will at least bring a smile to your face today, and I’m hoping modern technology – like the evolution of the cell phone – will help in the days ahead. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. As the American public takes precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, towing companies report taking steps in-line with measures offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. • Cleaning hands often • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick • Covering coughs and sneezes • Staying home if sick • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces (tow trucks and offices.) To limit exposure, tow companies may also offer alternatives to vehicle owners or passengers to riding in the tow truck as their vehicles are towed. From a business perspective, in this time of health and financial concern and impacts to personal and commercial transportation, trucking, delivery, etc., towing companies may want to implement some new strategies or double down on existing ones to tamp down on operating costs. Here are suggestions from Verizon on steps tow company owners can take today: 7 Things to Do to Control Costs in a Crisis By Tow Times Staff Stop unauthorized vehicle usage. This could be adding wear and tear to your vehicles as well as adding to your fuel bills. Monitor fuel consumption. Without the ability to monitor use of company fuel cards, unauthorized use may result. Integrate fuel card use with GPS tracking to get an accurate reading of fuel costs. Train drivers to stop bad habits. No tailgating, hard braking and cornering, etc. Maintain Your Vehicles. Stay up-to-date with your fleet’s maintenance schedule and you’ll be ready to roll when things return to normal. Take Advantage of New Technology. Cut paper and manual processing to grow your business. Implement new technology to improve billing, maintenance, payroll and more. Optimize Routes Make sure tow truck drivers know the shortest routes from job to job. This can save money and improve response times. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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