• Welcome to your central page for how Covid-19 is affecting the Fire and Life Safety Industry. Updated daily, this page will cover all relevant content to your business, in addition to state, federal and legal updates. Feel like you have something we should share? Email relevant articles to covid19@BrooksEquipment.com for our team to review.

    Latest Brooks Updates

    The latest updates regarding our shipping, warehouses, and sales

    In today’s video, Robert talks about the Paycheck Protection Program. This program, provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides loans for small businesses that were in business before February 15, 2020 and have fewer than 500 employees. For a brief overview, including information on how to apply, Click Here

    To view Robert's Past Daily Update Click Here

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Bethany Bassett, from Rasky Partners, talks all things legislative! From her work in helping reverse the recent Department of Defense rollback of fire extinguishers on military bases to how businesses will be able to take advantage of COVID-19 related stimulus packages.

    FEMA Tracks Legislation - Summaries and Links to COVID-19 Legislation Click Here

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Jeff Terrey talks about working with Fire Equipment Manufactures’ Association’s Government Relations Committee to ensure Fire extinguishers are protected in national and state fire codes. Specific to the COVID-19 situation, they have been working to ensure the supply chain for fire safety equipment is deemed as essential tools and services during this time with the Department of Homeland Security.

    Department of Homeland Security guidance memorandum dated March 28, 2020 Click Here.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Brooks Equipment Attorney, Johnathan Crotty, talks about some of the key provisions of the 2 trillion dollar CARES Act (Coronoavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security), and how it specifically helps FEDs and small businesses.

    CARES Act Small Business Implications Click Here

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    BHC CEO, Eric Smith, talks with Jeff Terrey from Rasky Partners about the ongoing battle to make Distributors and technicians in the Fire and Life Safety industry classified as essential business.

    FEMA Urges State Fire Marshals to Advocate for the Inclusion of Fire and Life Safety Companies as Essential Businesses Click Here

    Google Doc Dashboard State and Local Covid-19 Response Information

    State by State Covid-19 Response Dashboard

    As you are all probably aware, the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. As this situation continues to evolve, Brooks wants to assure you that we are staying abreast of all developments and are planning accordingly to negate and/or minimize these effects on our business, employees, and our ability to meet our customers' service and supply needs.

    Sales, Product, and Distribution: Currently we are not experiencing supply issues and have contingencies in place to prevent interruptions.

    • Drop-Ship Fees Waived on Brooks Orders During COVID-19 Crisis
    • Will-Call counters are temporarily closed. All 15 distribution centers are still shipping at full capacity.
    • Increasing orders on critical parts
    • Maintaining open channels with suppliers and freight carriers to monitor production levels and transit times
    • Dual sourcing critical parts to mitigate supply chain disruption
    • Sanitizing package shipping areas more frequently

    Safety Protocols:

    • Installing health and safety protocols to protect our employees so that we can continue to serve you.
    • All Sales, Credit, and Management personnel are working remotely from home. Distribution personnel are still working at their assigned warehouse but are following assigned protocols.
    • Updating our cleaning procedures at all distribution centers to be in line with CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    Operational Partners

    Our Industry

    Industry Suppliers

    Here is what Industry suppliers are saying:

    • Amerex - Amerex is part of an essential industry supplying critical life safety products
    • Buckeye - COVID-19 Update Bulletin
    • Globe - Globe Technologies, Inc. determines we are is an essential business providing critical products and services
    • Honeywell - Honeywell’s commitment to customers during the COVID-19 outbreak
    • Honeywell FireLite Alarms - Honeywell’s FireLite technician training school postponed through April 30, 2020
    • Honeywell Silent Knight - Honeywell’s Silent Knight technician training schools postponed through April 30, 2020
    • Johnson Controls - Johnson Controls letter to customers from George Oliver, CEO
    • Kidde - Kidde remains committed to meeting these essential needs customers
    • Knox - Knox Continues to Operate as an Essential Business during COVID-19
    • PaFED - COVID-19 Web Page
    • RILA - View COVID-19 Resources for the Retail Industry
    • Siemens - Siemens commitment to customers during COVID-19 outbreak
    • SDI - COVID-19 Update (Operations Continue)
    • STI - STI Deemed an Essential Supplier
    • Victaulic - Victaulic remains open for business during COVID-19 outbreak
    • Zurn - Zurn committed to supporting customers during COVID-19 outbreak

    FED Resources

    Resources that can directly help your business during this time of crisis

    Paycheck Protection Program

    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is designed to provide loans for small businesses to keep you in business and your workers on the payroll. You can apply for a loan through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, any federally insured credit union, and any Farm Credit System institution (that is participating). You should consult with your local lender to see if they are participating. PPP will be available through June 30, 2020. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

    • Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Click Here
    • Information for Businesses Applying for PPP Loans - Click Here
    • PPP Application Form for Borrowers - Click Here
    • PPP Fact Sheet - Click Here

    Other Resources

    Latest Protocol from the CDC

    Resources the CDC is providing

    Best Practices for Fire Equipment Distributors:
    For complete information on how to protect yourself, employees, and customers from COVID-19, go to - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

    • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home until their doctor releases for work.
    • Employees should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 65% alcohol.
    • Employees should avoid touching their face, eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Employees should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Used tissue should not be re-used and should be put in a waste basket immediately. Where tissues are unavailable, employees should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve.
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas (follow the directions on the label).
    • Provide disposable wipes for employees to clean keyboards, telephones, work surfaces, etc., before each use.