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IID initiates shelter-in-place program to keep employees safe, support operations

To help keep workers who are responsible for critical operations safe from COVID-19 and to ensure that its water and energy delivery systems remain operational, IID will begin implementing a voluntary on-site shelter-in-place program at designated critical facilities for a core group of employees.
Post Date:04/22/2020

To help keep workers who are responsible for critical operations safe from COVID-19 and to ensure that its water and energy delivery systems remain operational, Imperial Irrigation District will begin implementing a voluntary on-site shelter-in-place program at designated critical facilities for a core group of employees.

Thirty-two employees have volunteered for the on-site sequestration program, which will begin Saturday, April 25, and last for a minimum of three weeks. Depending on the operational needs of the district and the conditions related to the virus, it could be extended.

“As the district continues to implement its Pandemic Response Plan, to keep our workers who are responsible for critical operations safe from COVID-19 and to ensure that our systems remain operational, we have determined that certain steps need to be taken,” said Henry Martinez, IID general manager. “This will mitigate employee’s exposure and assist in ensuring the continuity of service to all of our customers.”

The emergency measure recognizes the importance of the district’s employees in implementing the district’s mission, the importance of continuing the delivery of critical utilities to customers and the importance of maintaining a safe workplace for critical district employees, Martinez added.

The voluntary employees who have the skills and qualifications to perform the work required will work 12-hour shifts, remaining at the designated worksites 24 hours a day for the duration of the program.

“I want to personally acknowledge and thank these employees for going the extra mile, even when faced with challenging times at home and in the workplace,” Martinez added. “Our customers depend on us, now more than ever, so we’re working to continue to deliver for them.”

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