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Coronavirus updates from EBI Consulting.  

Coronavirus Information

March 27, 2020

For EBI’s Services related to COVID-19, please visit our dedicated EHS page.

3/27/20

Coronavirus Update from EBI’s President, Nolan Previte:

We hope you and yours are well and feeling supported, as we wrap up week two of this unprecedented global crisis.

As news and directives change daily, at EBI, we're finding comfort in working together and staying the course in our mission to support you. Please be confident that EBI’s full resources, and our national team of environmental, architectural, engineering, construction project management, and health and safety experts, are closely analyzing all developments, alternatives, and constantly changing landscape.

To keep your business goals on track, we're leaning heavily into our flexible business model and due diligence innovations.

I wanted to share some of our strategies with you. Where stay-at-home measures are in place, we rely on:

  • The categorization of the work we do as “essential,” by affected counties and states, to maintain continuity of critical infrastructure and the economy
  • Our full teams of experts and assessors, who are local, work-from-home ready, equipped and supported
  • Remote video and drones
  • Alternative technologies to gather data with the help of trusted property representatives
  • An all hands-on-deck, fully remote IT team, which has enabled our remote staff to stay connected and fully productive anywhere in the world, for decades. EBI's IT team is trained and ready to not only keep us operating, but to deliver innovative ways that facilitate internal and external communication, and help us continue meeting milestones with minimal interruption

Of course, we remain focused on safety, efficiency, and creativity when accessing buildings, while following the evolving guidelines for social distancing.

Resources are strained, we’re all experiencing the same challenges. And it is clear that in certain hot zones, and for some sensitive asset types, there will be obstacles to overcome.

But we want you to know we're committed to finding creative solutions that move deals forward while keeping everyone safe – just as we’re known to do.

We're in this together, and you can count on us. We will stay focused on supporting each other, overcoming challenges together, and delivering the kind of results our clients and partners have enjoyed for over 30 years. As our nation’s and all our businesses’ resources are strained, our experiences are similar and related.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your EBI representative, reply to this email, or message me directly at nprevite@ebiconsulting.com. Collectively, we will navigate the best path forward.

On behalf of all of us at EBI Consulting, thank you for your loyalty, trust, and friendship.

Wishing you a healthy and restful weekend.

Sincerely,

Nolan P. Previte
President

  


3/18/20

Coronavirus Update from EBI’s President, Nolan Previte:

A Letter to Our Valued Friends, Clients, and Associates,

Together, we are facing an unprecedented situation. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our lives. During this time, I wanted to share with you on how we’re managing the situation at EBI Consulting.

First and foremost, our thoughts go out to anyone who's been impacted by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with our fellow Americans who are sick, and our relatives in foreign lands, to whom we extend our wishes for a full recovery, and with the researchers and healthcare providers around the world who are working tirelessly and selflessly, often in harm’s way, to care for those in need.

At EBI, just as at your homes and workplaces, we’re focused on the health and safety of our employees, families, and communities. With our highly-distributed workforce, most of whom work from the field and remotely every day, this shift has been smooth as this is a capability we have been building and improving for decades. Essential staff continues to work at our office locations to provide continuity of service. The remaining complement of consulting scientists, engineers, experts, and support teams are working remotely, focused on their projects in the field and in remote office locations. All of us are available by cell, email, video, and chat to fellow team members as well as to you. We’re working with customers through digital channels as much as possible, and we’ve postponed some of our in-person events while virtualizing others.

Even as we deal with this pandemic, our entire 500+ team at EBI is focused on our clients’ success. While both your and our businesses are in uncertain states, EBI’s commitment to your success is stronger than ever. Our company was founded to deliver innovation, solutions, and success in times of uncertainty, and the identification and elimination of risk, and that continues to guide all that we do.

What we’re doing to ensure business continuity – We are committed to ensuring business as usual to the extent possible during this time. As such, EBI is taking pre-emptive steps to ensure we can continue serving clients to the best of our ability:

  • Alternative Solutions – We stand ready to work with our clients to find alternative solutions to get the job done if travel or site access becomes an issue. From the use of technology to modified scopes of work, we’re ready to provide custom solutions to each individual situation.

  • Business Continuity Planning – Our business continuity plan continues to evolve to address a pandemic situation, ensuring preparedness in a multitude of scenarios.

  • Rolling Out SOPs – We have created standard operating procedures for situations where we are entering high risk subject properties, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and large multifamily complexes; these contain both health and safety standards as well as chain of command for notifying clients if we are unable to access the site.

What we’re doing to protect our people and yours:

  • Adhering to Official Guidance – in addition to following CDC and WHO recommendations, EBI will continue to monitor state and local authorities to stay up to date on local travel bans or required office closures.

  • Safe Site Visits – EBI has instructed our staff to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing during the course of business, wash their hands before, during, and after site visits, and not enter areas or buildings that the authorities have recommended be avoided. We are encouraging car travel over air travel where reasonable and ensuring staff are using hotels with the highest of safety procedures in place.

  • Limiting Nonessential Travel – we are limiting non-essential domestic travel and asking teammates who have traveled internationally to stay home until they are sure they have not contracted an illness. Project related travel, such as site visits, will remain essential travel.

  • Limiting Exposure – we are asking all teammates who don’t feel well or have been exposed to someone who doesn’t feel well to stay home until they’re well. We are asking our team to host virtual meetings, orientations, and interviews as appropriate in lieu of in person meetings.

  • Work from Home – as noted, being a majority remote company, people who choose to work from home can do so with no interruption to day to day operations.

  • Office Cleanliness – EBI’s offices are being professionally sanitized daily, sanitizer stations have been increased, and outside visitors are being limited.

We have amazing teams across EBI that are here for you. This moment reminds us that we’re all connected and interdependent, needing to be our best selves, with patience, prudence, understanding, and compassion. On behalf of all of us at EBI, we’re committed to being your partner and persevering together in all the days and years ahead.

If you have questions or would like to discuss EBI’s response to COVID-19, please contact your account executive. If you are aware of other opportunities for us at EBI to help you, your business, or others, please let me know at nprevite@ebiconsulting.com.

As new information is available, we will be updating this webpage.

Sincerely,

Nolan P. Previte
President