Inter-Con Security is dedicated to your health and safety. We greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty. As we navigate through this pandemic together, we are committed to doing our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Quick Guide to Resources:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Disaster Distress Hotline (Free Government Service for Counseling and Resources)
NIH (National Institute of Health) Covid-19 Information:
The Latest COVID-19 Updates from Inter-Con Security:
We understand that dealing with the Covid-19 crisis has been a challenge both personally and professionally and greatly appreciate your ongoing hard work, dedication, and support. We will continue to do our best as an organization to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be meaningful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for Benefits.gov, NFL updates, getting a goodnight’s sleep, America’s test kitchen, staying hydrated, and a guide to important links.
On Benefits.gov you can find government benefit information related to healthcare, food and nutrition, mental health resources, financial assistance information, as well as a hotline for additional support. They also provide a hotline for domestic violence if you or someone you know needs assistance. Simply log onto Benefits.gov for more information.
NFL Sports Update
For sports fans, the NFL is planning to begin their season in September 2020. While there will be contingency plans in place due to Covid-19, you can find the full 2020 schedule at NFL.
Recommendations for a Goodnight’s Sleep
Good sleep habits are important according to the CDC. Here are a few tips to assist you:
- Be consistent.
- Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
- Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom.
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
- Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
- For more information, go to sleep help.
America’s Test Kitchen
A special collection of 50 free recipes (pantry meals, make and freeze, baking projects, and more) for everyone during the COVID-19 emergency. Please go to recipes for more information as well as to sign up for a free newsletter.
Hydration is essential for everyone, not just athletes. As part of Cigna’s approach to staying healthy, you will find links to staying hydrated and how to create delicious smoothies. Click here to learn more.
Guide to Important Links
As we continue to navigate through challenges during Covid-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for CDC updates, financial resources, Masterclass, digital library, free online photography class, and a free Disney drawing class for kids and adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their guidance on how long people who are positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate. New evidence suggests it may take longer for the virus to shed, which means that an infected person may be able to infect other people for a longer period than originally thought. People who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 should now selfisolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside. This means you must stay home until your fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in your respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) for at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery, AND at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared or you were tested. If you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed to be infected with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual. If you begin experiencing symptoms, you must self-isolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside. For more information, go to CDC.
Finances/Economic Impact Payments/Taxes/Student Loans
If you are looking for information on student loans, IRS filing, Social Security information, student loans and more, please click on Financial Resources for helpful tools.
Masterclass provides a platform to learn from industry experts in various industries including, but not limited to, Culinary courses, Entertainment, Film Writing, Sports & Games, and Science and Technology. The program is approximately $180.00 for unlimited access to all classes. For more information click here.
Online Photography Class
The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has opened its entire catalogue of online photography courses to everyone free of charge. There are over 1,100 courses to choose from across a variety of topics for beginners and more advanced photographers alike. Courses will be free until the end of May, and all that’s required is signing up for a free account with the PPA. For more information click here.
Free Disney Drawing Class
Disney has offered free online drawing classes for years. The step-by-step tutorials are taught by professional Disney animators, and your kids can simply follow along and learn to draw your favorite Disney characters. For more information log onto their site at Disney Drawing.
We greatly appreciate your ongoing support, hard work, and dedication while we navigate through the challenges of Covid-19 both personally and professionally. We remain committed to your health and safety and will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for The Contractors Loan Program, 2-1-1 state resources, making a difference during Covid-19, podcasts, and family entertainment.
Contractors Plan Loan Programs
If you participate in Inter-Con’s 401k program, you may be eligible to borrow up to $50k or 50% of your vested account balance. For more information, log into your account at www.TheContractorsplan.com. For questions, you can also contact the benefit call center at 1-855-495-1189 M-F 7am7pm central time.
2-1-1 State Resources
If you, or someone you know, needs assistance paying housing bills, finding food, or other various essential services, you can dial 2-1-1 directly or go to 211 Help for assistance in your state.
Making a Difference During COVID-19
Covid-19 has created challenges in our everyday lives. As we each do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, you may wonder if there is more you can do to help. If so, please click here for tips from the FDA.
While we continue to stay “Safer at Home,” here are some podcasts you might enjoy about staying healthy, meditation, sleep, and money matters.
If you are looking for some new ideas to entertain your family, please check out the links below:
LA County Pet Adoptions
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is currently waiving adoption fees at all seven animal care centers to quickly place animals in homes during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information please click here. Adoptions are by appointment only.
We are committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support and hard work during this pandemic. We will do our very best as an organization to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for the CA DMV license extension, Real ID, Federal student loans, free streaming movies, free museum tours, and free kids’ audio books.
CA DMV Extensions
Due to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office closures, they have extended expiration dates for driver licenses during Covid-19.
If your driver license was set to expire between March and May 2020, it is now valid through May 31, 2020. All commercial driver licenses (e.g., Class A), endorsements and certificates expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. Please note that this extension does not include medical certificates for commercial drivers, which require additional administrative actions. For more information, please click here.
What About Getting My Required Real ID
Federal officials are delaying the previously set Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for Real ID, one of the accepted forms of ID that travelers will need to use in place of a regular driver’s license to get through airport security when enforcement begins. The new deadline is Oct. 1, 2021
For more information go to Real ID card
Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
The Federal Student Aid Office has indicated that loan payments will automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.
To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. To learn more, click on the borrower Q&As.
Free Streaming Movies
The Lionsgate YouTube page will livestream four popular movies, hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. The first movie will be Dirty Dancing on April 24, La La Land on May 1 and John Wick on May 8. Find out more in Lionsgate’s press release.
Free Museum Tours
Google is offering free virtual museum tours from around the world here such as Japan’s Nagoya City Art Museum to Ford’s Theatre in Washington.
Free Audio Books for Kids
To help keep kids occupied, Audible is offering a big selection of streaming audiobooks at no charge. You’ll find the likes of Winnie-the-Pooh, Anne of Green Gables, White Fang, various Audible Originals and even some modern titles like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The service just made the first Harry Potter book available as well. There are books available in different languages as well, including French, German and Spanish.
As we continue to navigate through challenges during COVID-19, please know that we remain committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued support, hard work, and dedication. We will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for the CDC face covering mandate, auto insurance, FDA program, Cigna symptom checker, and meditation and stress relief podcasts.
CDC Face Covering Requirement
Since it’s critical we all do our part to stay safe and healthy, we would like to remind everyone that the CDC is requiring a face covering when out in public.
You can follow instructions available online from the CDC on how to make your own face mask here.
Face coverings should be washed after each use.
California Auto Insurance
At this time, the California Commissioner has requested that auto insurance companies review their policies for potential refunds on premiums for March and April. Please contact your insurance company directly for questions. You can learn more here.
FDA Announces Creation of COVID-19 Acceleration Program (CTAP)
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in development and review of new therapies to treat COVID-19 through a recently created special emergency program titled Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP). The goal of CTAP is to move treatments to patients as quickly as possible while also ensuring the efficacy of such treatments. This link will provide FDA information for your review and reference.
Cigna Symptom Checker
If you have Inter-Con’s insurance coverage through CIGNA, you can use their Covid-19 assessment. The Buoy for Cigna Symptom Checker is a free online tool that provides real-time, clinically accurate and advisable information to help identify your risk for COVID-19.
After answering a few questions, this online tool helps to:
- Assess the severity of your symptoms
- Guide you to a recommended next step for care, such as:
- Linking you to the Cigna COVID-19 Resource Center
- Calling your primary care physician for a virtual visit
- Directing you to an emergency room
Meditation & Stress Relief Podcasts
Cigna is offering free meditation and stress relief podcasts in both English and Spanish. Listen Here. You DO NOT need to be Cigna member to access these podcasts.
Tips for Staying Healthy
As an essential service provider, Inter-Con continues to secure our clients’ people, assets, and missions during the ongoing pandemic. To ensure we do so successfully, all of our personnel adhere to the following steps recommended by the CDC to stay healthy and mitigate the risk of further contagion at client work sites.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact with others by maintaining 6 feet of social distancing
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with 70% alcohol
- If sick, stay home and update your manager/employer
When following these common steps, we are reminded that we are all in this together. Inter-Con is actively hiring talented individuals who are committed to serving their communities in a healthy, responsible way. Please reach out to us today to learn more about current opportunities!
Security Tips for Working from Home
With so many of us now working from home, it is more important than ever to:
- Utilize online networks, community resources, and other remote tools to proactively engage with neighbors and community members to (re)establish healthy neighborhood watch practices. Make sure to align your definitions of suspicious behavior and establish simple, clear communication and escalation protocols.
- Assess the quality and utility of any existing home security systems and hardware you have. It might be time to replace outdated or non-functioning hardware/software.
- Review and update your family emergency response plans. Involve immediate and extended family members, as appropriate, especially those who live close by to reinforce your natural support network.
- Update your emergency contacts list to include local authorities and medical resources.
Tips for Protecting Your Information
The global spread of COVID-19 has provided cybercriminals an opportunity to deceive people into clicking on dangerous links, opening malicious attachments, or volunteering valuable information. To mitigate the risk of falling for a COVID-19 scam, avoid clicking on links or opening files from a distrusted source (cdc.gov.com vs . cdc.gov). Additionally, trusted authorities will never ask for your personal information in an email without any sort of multi-factor authentication to first prove your identity.
Common email/attachment themes to be extra cautious of include but are not limited to:
- An updated Coronavirus map of your city
- A Coronavirus Infection warning from local school district
- Fake CDC or World Health Organization emails or social media Coronavirus messaging
- Tips on keeping your children safe from Coronavirus
Scam phone calls and text messages claiming to “raise funds for victims” are also not uncommon.
We are committed to your health and safety and greatly appreciate your continued hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty. As we navigate through this pandemic together, we will do our very best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for the CDC on face coverings, Cigna telehealth, CDC myth busters, daycare and family resources, and free cooking videos.
Face Covering VS A Mask
On 4/3/20, the CDC revised their recommendations to the public and are recommending face coverings when out in public and or while working an essential job. Our employees should check with their supervisor and or manager regarding use of face coverings.
In the City of Los Angeles, effective 4/10, the Mayor is requiring that all essential business employees wear a face mask or cloth covering (bandana, fabric, scarf) when working and or visiting an essential business.
A face covering is not the same thing as a mask. At this time, you should not be purchasing medical grade masks, which are in short supply. It is extremely important that N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers.
You can follow instructions available online from the CDC on how to make your own face mask here.
Face coverings should be washed after each use. These measures will help flatten the curve and save lives.
Face Covering Do’s and Don’ts
- Use it to completely cover your nose and mouth
- Read the directions provided to you on use of the mask
- Put it on properly and adjust it as necessary throughout the day
- Wash your hands and face after removing the mask before touching your face
- Keep it clean
- Keep it away from running machinery or equipment that could entangle the mask
- Keep it on your person when you are not using it
- Request or make a new one if it becomes damaged or in any way unsanitary
- Let it obstruct your vision
- Wear it if it causes any difficulty in your ability to breathe
- Wear it if it causes your safety glasses or reading glasses to fog up and impair your vision
- Let it hang down around your neck
- Lay it on a surface where it may contaminate the surface or lay it on a surface that may already be contaminated
- Use it if it is damaged in any way
Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is the use of technology such as computers and mobile devices to help you get health care from anywhere, anytime. If you subscribe to Inter-Con’s medical plan, this service is available to you. To help mitigate the spread of disease, if you don’t have an urgent medical need, Telehealth is a safe alternative to visiting a clinic. Learn more here.
Your health and safety are very important to us, and we greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication during this time of uncertainty. As we navigate through this pandemic together, we are committed to doing our best as a company to bring you resources and tools that we hope will be helpful to you and your families.
Included in this newsletter are links for free services for Tax Relief, HUD Relief for Homeowners, Livestream Music, Kids Resources, Online Exercise, and EAP Services.
Tax Relief Information
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This link will take you to the IRS website where you can find information such as the tax deadline date, economic impacts and what you need to know, FAQ, and guidance on tax assistance.
HUD Fund for Homeowners Amid Coronavirus
HUD provides immediate relief for homeowners amid the nationwide Covid-19 response. You can find information on foreclosure and eviction moratorium guidelines here.
Free Livestream Concerts This Week
Since we can’t attend live concerts, the link below lists livestream performances by many artists that you can stream from the comfort of your home:
Free Exercise Videos
It’s important to stay active during a “Stay at Home” order. The links below provide access to free workout videos online varying from cardio, yoga, and weight training. Each of following links provides access to free videos that you can enjoy:
Free Kids Resources During COVID-19
While the kids are at home and learning online, this link offers some resources for eBooks, virtual museum tours, and educational information that may help with both learning and entertainment while school remains closed.
Disaster Distress Hotline (Free Government Service for Counseling)
This site provides free government counseling assistance and a free hotline for information on infectious diseases. The Disaster Distress Helpline is open to everyone. You may call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Cigna also offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to members via their 24/7 contact line 1.877.622.4327. For non-Cigna members, the toll-free hotline is 866.912.1687. Cigna has additional information at the following link regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus microsite. Cigna also offers a Cigna’s Disaster Resource Center which contains educational tools including disaster-related handouts for employees along with links to community resources for recovery.