By Craig Nelson, Executive Director
Updated: March 30, 2020

As we here at NIRMA along with our valued Members and the rest of the world deal with the unprecedented efforts underway to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic outbreak, I thought it would be helpful to let our Members know the steps NIRMA is taking in response, and to assure you of our continuing availability to serve your needs.

First and foremost, within our office we continue to follow daily the evolving guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the latest pronouncements from our state and local authorities and public health agencies and strongly recommend our Members do the same. We are dedicated to providing our staff with the safest and healthiest possible working environment so that they can continue to provide the best support and service to you and your staff.

At this time, our office in Lincoln remains open and fully operational. Should the need arise to close or otherwise restrict operations at our office location for any reason, notice of that will be posted to our website. Be assured our staff have the ability to work remotely and can be contacted by phone or email using the existing contact information found on our website. Thus, we will continue to be responsive to your claims processing, risk management and other needs on an ongoing basis. So too, the NIRMA HR Helpline with Pam Bourne and the Woods Aitken law firm will also continue to be available to help with HR questions associated with this pandemic virus and can be contacted toll-free at 1.866.896.6423 and has already provided helpful guidance on this issue to our Members.

With that said, this is not exactly business as usual and we have had to make adjustments to our scheduled educational and training events due to evolving CDC guidance. This includes postponement of our April Spotlight Series of regional educational seminars which we hope to reschedule at a later date once these pandemic precautions pass. It will also have an impact on the onsite loss prevention trainings our staff regularly provides across the state, and our loss prevention team will be working with individual Members on those trainings moving forward taking into account the requests and interests of our members and again with CDC/public health guidance in mind. There may be other impacts as well and we will remain flexible and responsive as this pandemic evolves.

We understand this is a very difficult and challenging time for everyone. Be assured NIRMA remains strongly committed to serving and supporting our members. And please do everything you can to maintain your own personal health and take recommended steps to avoid exposure to this virus.