OPERATIONAL RISK

Pandemic Response

A pandemic response plan is critical piece of any business continuity plan. The COVID-19 Pandemic serves as an extreme example of why pandemic plans are a necessity, but each year new diseases have the potential to disrupt our communities.

A disease outbreak becomes a pandemic in the event a disease spreads across several countries and affects a large number of people. Recent pandemics include the 2019-2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic and the 1958 H3N2 Pandemic. Pandemics impact entire communities and stress entire economies.

A community bank’s preparedness and resilience during a pandemic may mean the difference between small businesses surviving a pandemic or not. Managing your staff and your operations efficiently through a pandemic is vital to the strength and stability of main street.


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Pandemic News

ICBA to Congress: PPP Forgiveness Should Be Straightforward

Sep 1, 2021 | Press Release
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today told Congress that the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program needs a simple, easy-to-use forgiveness process to ensure the program works as intended for small-business borrowers.

Financial Times: Community banks ‘irreplaceable’ during pandemic

Aug 31, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
A new Financial Times article (paywall) reports on how community banks have been “irreplaceable” during the pandemic, including by leading the Paycheck Protection Program response.

ICBA testifying on PPP forgiveness

Aug 30, 2021 | NewsWatch Today
ICBA Chairman Robert Fisher is scheduled to testify this Wednesday at a House Small Business Committee hearing on what’s next for Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness.