Below is a list of Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for NENA members. chapters, and the greater 9-1-1 community. This page will be updated as new materials become available. Do you have or know of other resources that should be posted? If so, you can contact NENA's PSAP Operations Director, April Heinze. Page last updated 07.29.20.
Watch a message from NENA's President to the 9-1-1 community about COVID19. A second message of support to 9-1-1 professionals is available here.
**NEW 07.29** National First Responder COVID-19 Grant Relief Program Now Available
The National Police Foundation, with support from The Starbucks Foundation and The Motorola Solutions Foundation, is pleased to announce the National First Responder COVID-19 Grant Relief Program. This program will allow first responders and survivors of first responders in underserved communities an opportunity to request a grant to reimburse select COVID-19 related expenses, such as mental health and wellness costs, (i.e. counseling services, suicide prevention), unanticipated dependent care, disinfecting services, and similar costs. These micro-grants may be awarded in an amount up to $1,000.
Applications will be reviewed by the National Police Foundation, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), NENA, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE). The National Police Foundation will be distributing the grants directly to the recipient.
First responders or family members interested in applying for a grant can review eligibility and apply here.
Discounted Cleaning Supplies Available From AvKARE
NENA members are telling us they’re in dire need of cleaning and disinfecting supplies to keep themselves safe from COVID-19, and NENA put the word out looking for help. Within hours of our appeal, AvKARE, a Tennessee-based distributor of infection-control products, offered PSAPs a free supply of hand sanitizer and a 25% discount on their product Waltz D - which is used widely in healthcare, food service, education, and commercial settings - by using promo code EMERGENCY. Thank you, AvKARE for stepping up so quickly in support of North America’s 9-1-1 professionals!
9-1-1 & COVID-19 Report Series
- On May 8, NENA published How 9-1-1 Is Changing in a COVID-19 World, the second paper in NENA’s 9-1-1 & COVID-19 report series. This report, based on 500 survey responses from 9-1-1 professionals across 44 states and territories, builds upon insights from our initial report, available below. For example, the first survey asked respondents whether overall call and dispatch volumes had changed, while this survey asked specifically which types of calls and dispatches had changed. The survey responses reflected in this report were collected from April 20 to 24, almost a month after our initial survey and well into nationwide efforts to stem the pandemic.
- On April 3, NENA published Initial Impacts of COVID-19 on 9-1-1 Centers, the first paper in our 9-1-1 & COVID-19 report series. This report, based on 500 survey responses from 9-1-1 professionals across 46 U.S. states and territories, provides the 9-1-1 community with an initial view into how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting PSAP operations, as well as what actions PSAPs and local authorities are taking to protect telecommunicators.
Stress, Wellness, & Resiliency
Preparedness & Continuity of Operations
- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) resource page that provides guidance on pandemic planning, staffing and operating procedures, and cleaning and disinfecting for 9-1-1 centers
- COVID-19 Pandemic Continuity of Operations Response Plan for Resurgence of Pandemic developed by NENA, the National 911 Program, APCO, IAED, NASNA, and PowerPhone Inc
- Disinfection and Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment report detailing some of the recommended methods of disinfection and reuse for personal protective equipment (PPE), developed by the US Department of Homeland Security
- Considerations for State Emergency Medical Service Offices in Response to COVID-19, developed by the Healthcare Resilience Task Force Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Prehospital Team
- CISA's Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response (v3.0)
- Customizable COVID-19 Pandemic Continuity of Operations Response Plan Outline consistent with best practices from NENA, NFPA, FEMA, CDC, EEOC, and OSHA
- Pandemic Planning Checklist from the Department of Health and Human Services
- FEMA's Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operation Guide
- The CDC's Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States
- Continuity of Operations Plans from Charleston County (SC) and DuPage (IL) Public Safety Communications (DU-COMM)
- From 2007, DOT/NHTSA's Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: Recommendations for Protocol Development for 9-1-1 Personnel and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)
PSAP Policy Development & Guidance
Protocols & Call Handling
For Chapters & Event Planners
- **NEW 07.14** Texas Medical Association's COVID-19 personal-activity risk assessment chart
- Apple's COVID-19 Screening Tool
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- Visit School Closures for information on school closures, next steps, resources, and support
General Information & Resources