As trusted members of the PSIP program, you have the opportunity to increase your awareness of risks in and around your business enabling you to minimize costly disruptions. PSIP will prepare you to face emergencies in a steady and predictable manner. We will help you build necessary relationships and train you in emergency management strategies that will help safeguard your assets. As members, you can bring your unique value and insights to the table in training and information-sharing sessions. Your participation will help PSIP deliver faster and more reliable information-sharing systems and develop new emergency management services to help all Maryland businesses.
Since March 6, 2020 the PSIP program daily activities have been suspended and taken over by its operational component, the Business Operation Center (BOC). Through the BOC, we have been providing PSIP Trusted Members and the Maryland Private Sector 24/7 updates via our Virtual Business Operation Center (VBOC).
VBOC Access Instructions:
Please use Internet Explorer when opening up this link: https://share.dhs.gov/mdboc
Log in as “Guest” and follow instructions.
Links are not hyperlinked, you will have to copy and paste them on a internet browser.
If you download HSIN App on your mobile, you will be able to read content, but not download files.
For VBOC technical assistance please email: email@example.com with RE: “VBOC Technical Assistance”
Additionally, we are providing a daily Situational Report compiled for you by our Business Operation Center (BOC) Team.
COVID-19 Update for the Maryland Private Sector
2 April 2020
Maryland Cases (as of 10:00 a.m. today)
New Verified Cases
Total Verified Cases
NEW Content for April 2, 2020
NEW: Donations of Goods and Services for the State – Please fill out this form if you are a designated representative of a business which would like to offer the state of Maryland goods or services free of cost, in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 response.
NEW: MDOT Gives Examples of Essential Travel – The only people traveling on Maryland’s roadways and using transit should be essential employees and citizens accessing food, medicine or key supplies. The bulletin is attached to this email.
NEW: Cyber Threats – The Dept. of Homeland Security warns that increase of teleworking will lead to an increase in cyber threats. The bulletin is attached to this email.
NEW: Electric Sector guide from Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)
This document is a resource for electric power industry leaders to guide informed localized decisions in response to the COVID-19 global health emergency. It highlights data points, stakeholders, and options to consider in making decisions about operational status, while protecting the health and safety of employees, customers, and communities.
From the SBA
NEW: Apply now for an Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – (Messaging from the SBA) We know you are facing challenging times in this current health crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to help bring relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get upt to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.
If you wish to apply for the $10,000 Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.
Daily EIDL Application Help – 10:30am and 8:00pm. On the ZOOM call, the SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Download the ZOOM app. Free. Meeting # 6794772946
Daily SBA Conference Call – 3:00pm Call – 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626
Paycheck Protection Program – The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. 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. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Career One Stop – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Helpful site for companies that have locations/employees in multiple states. https://www.careeronestop.org/
Late Payments and Service Disconnections: BGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1.
Payment Options: BGE offers payment options, such as budget billing, which averages payments out over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, and flexible payment arrangements including individually tailored payment installment plans. Business customers should contact BGE’s Business Customer Service Team to discuss the options – see below for contact information.
Energy Efficiency: Via BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program, business customers can tap into opportunities to maximize energy savings and reduce costs. For more information customers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-685-SESP(7377).
Smart Energy Economic Development (SEED): Via BGE’s SEED program, new or expanding businesses may be eligible for a 75% discount on construction costs and/or 25% discount on monthly distribution and demand charges.
Business Customer Service: Business customers can contact BGE’s Business Customer Service Team (BCST) directly at 1-800-265-6177 or businesscustomerservice@bge.
com. The BGE representatives are specifically trained to handle the needs of commercial customer accounts.
Private Sector Donations
Donations are being accepted at four collection sites in Maryland. Traveling to make one of these donations is considered a legal activity under the shelter in place order. Accepted items include specialized medical equipment and some cleaning supplies. Find more information here.
Cambridge: 3105 Mallard Court, Cambridge, MD 21613
Ellicott City: 3291 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Hagerstown: 10375 Retreat Way, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Silver Spring: 15930 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
Guy Fieri and the National Restaurant Association have launched a relief fund to give $500 checks to restaurant workers affected by Coronavirus.
Here’s how it works: Restaurant workers can apply for a grant paid for by the NRAEF fund starting Thursday, April 2, and will receive a one-time $500 check within three weeks to use toward housing, medical bills, student loans, groceries, and other expenses. The NRAEF stipulated that these grants would be administered on a “first-come, first-serve basis.” To apply or to donate visit:
FEMA Updates Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool
FEMA has expanded capabilities for the Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool. These capabilities include census tract data and additional infrastructure layers for all state, local, tribal and territorial jurisdictions across the nation.
This update to the tool enables a better analysis of community resilience indicators. It also allows users to calculate the population of individuals with specific indicator characteristics in selected census tracts. It can be used to inform strategies for preparedness, response and recovery activities related to the coronavirus pandemic and other disasters.
The free Geographic Information System webmap tool allows users to combine layers of community resilience indicators, infrastructure locations and hazard data to visualize, prioritize and implement strategies to impact resilience, response and recovery.
The updated tool also provides important census-tract level demographic information and infrastructure locations related to coronavirus pandemic planning and response efforts. This includes the location and size of infrastructure entities such as hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care facilities, public health departments, and pharmacies; population count and demographics of individuals within a containment zone (e.g. over age 65, disability, education); and visualization tools.
Beginning Thursday, April 2, FEMA will hold a series of one-hour training webinars for the tool, which is available to users on the RAPT site. The Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool is available online. Supporting documents, including an overview document and information about the data layers and sources, can be found on the FEMA website.
Maryland Executive Orders and Interpretive Guidance
Please click here for the full list of orders and guidance regarding COVID-19. For your convenience, the most recent additions are listed below:
Authorizing Telehealth (April 1)
Tax Deadlines and Oaths of Office (March 31)
Remote Notarizations (March 30)
Municipal Elections (March 30)
Gatherings, Stay at Home Order (March 30)
NEW: COVID19-09 – Guidance for Religious Facilities and Clergy
COVID19-08 – Employer Documentation, Clergy, In-Home Child and Elder Care (March 30)
Latest Press Updates
Most recent press releases from the Governor’s office and relevant state agencies.
Reliable, up-to-date information and useful services.
Maryland Department of Commerce Business Express COVID-19 Page
Small Business Administration (SBA)
NEW: More SBA Resources
Maryland Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 information https://coronavirus.maryland.
State Orders and Legal Guidance https://governor.maryland.gov/
Private Sector Integration Program – Register with the Virtual Business Operations Center (VBOC) to receive up-to-date emergency alerts and access to preparedness resources