• Welcome to our 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.

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    Urgent PPP Loan Forgiveness Information You Need

    Journey back in this video timeline to see what Brooks has done to meet the challenge of COVID-19 in our industry, from its very beginnings to present day.

    Monday, November 23, 2020

    This is a recorded video of the Brooks Equipment live, virtual training: Applying For PPP Loan Forgiveness.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    This week, Robert talks about a very special video that we have for you—Crisis in Review. It’s an emotional look back for him that he wants to share with you. From early on when we worked to get classified as an essential business to FEDs sharing their own efforts for the good of the industry, he’s all about thriving and surviving. He also mentions the Brooks YouTube® Channel, where you’ll find informative videos like Crisis In Review, TechTalk, COVID-19 Updates, and more.

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    On this episode of FireTech Talk, Robert Bell talks with Jeff Terrey of Rasky Partners, who works with the FEMA GRC on tracking and influencing legislation related to Fire and Life Safety equipment. They discuss a DOD building code that would remove portable extinguishers from DOD facilities. Learn how manufacturers, FEMA GRC, and Brooks have been working together to head this off.

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    Robert introduces our latest FireTech Talk, where he interviews Jeff Terrey, Partner and Senior VP of Rasky Partners, who works with the FEMA GRC on tracking and influencing legislation related to Fire and Life Safety equipment. They talk about a Department of Defense plan for removing portable extinguishers from military bases. He also touches on the Brooks FAQ resource page as well as the Free PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar. He wraps things up with this week’s Product Spotlight, featuring Kidde Worry-Free Smoke and CO Alarms.

    To View Past Brooks COVID-19 Videos Click Here

    State and Local COVID-19 Response Information Dashboard

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    Our Industry

    Information at every level to support your business

    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. New, second-draw, and supplemental PPP loans will be available until March 31, 2021. 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.

    • New COVID Emergency Relief Bill - Click Here
    • Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Click Here
    • Information for Businesses Applying for PPP Loans - Click Here
    • NEW PPP Application Form for Borrowers - Click Here
    • NEW Second-Draw PPP Application for Borrowers - Click Here
    • PPP Fact Sheet - Click Here
    • PPP Interim Final Rule - Click Here
    • PPP On-Demand Webinar - Click Here
    • PPP Loan Forgiveness:

      PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S is the simplest form for PPP loan forgiveness and you should use it if your PPP loan amount is $50,000 or less. Instead of having to show your forgiveness amount calculation as required on form 3508 and form 3508EZ, you simply certify seven things (initial each item).

      PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ is a short-form application for PPP loan forgiveness. To be eligible use Form 3508EZ, you must meet the following criteria:

      • You are self-employed and have no employees; OR
      • You did not reduce the salaries or wages of your employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of your employees; OR
      • You experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of your employees by more than 25%.

      PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508 (revised) is the long-form application for PPP loan forgiveness. This is the form that is required if you don’t qualify to use form 3508S or 3508EZ.

      You should apply for forgiveness through the bank where you received your PPP loan. You will likely receive an email from your bank when they begin accepting PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications. Most banks will be accepting PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications electronically through an online portal, in a similar manner to the original PPP loan applications.

    • Q&A

      The Small Business Administration (SBA) developed two questions and answers (Q&A) documents. Both Q&A documents provide valuable information that will help you understand PPP Loans and PPP Loan Forgiveness. Click the link below to review and download the Q&A documents.

    COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

    In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) directly with the Small Business Administration (SBA). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The program includes an EIDL Advance which is forgivable. Small businesses interested in applying for an EIDL and EIDL Advance can apply online.

    Facility Reopening Fire & Safety Checklist

    As the dust settles, we want to help set you up for success as your customers move to more normal operation. We have provided two simple checklists you can use with your customers to help them stay safe from COVID-19 and to ensure their facilities are ready for employees and customers.

    Other Resources

    Brooks' COVID-19 Response

    The latest updates regarding our shipping, warehouses, and sales

    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 have been re-opened with a new process. Ask your account manager for details.
    • 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:

    Latest Protocol from the CDC

    Resources the CDC is providing

    CDC - How to Protect Yourself and What to Do if You are Sick Click Here

    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 are 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.