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March 2020 Newsletter

Message from the President, JAX Post, SAME

In support of the emergency declarations being made our community, the Jacksonville Post SAME is joining the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We feel it is prudent to be very deliberate in deciding whether to proceed with in-person gatherings for now.

In that spirit, we have made the decision this week to cancel the following upcoming activities:  NAVFAC Industry Outreach (with SAME JAX supporting onsite boxed lunches); the April Luncheon. Our Emergency Preparedness Seminar will be converted into a webinar, so please stand by for more info. Our May and June events are still  on schedule until further notice.

  We recognize the impacts of the cancellations of these upcoming events, however, right now the focus needs be on containing the spread of coronavirus in an effort to shorten its duration. Reducing community spread and limiting in-person gatherings are necessary approaches to take.

We are actively monitoring the situation and at this time and will schedule and announce upcoming meetings accordingly.  We will continue to follow local and national guidance and will let everyone know as soon as possible if a change in decision on the event’s status becomes necessary.

The Jacksonville Post of SAME is dedicated to the health and safety of all its members and event participants, and we thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Please continue to check the JAX Post SAME website (https://samejax.org/) for updates.

Respectfully,

Capt. Michael Monreal


NAVFAC Industry Day Boxed Lunch Refunds

SAME JAX volunteers are working diligently in order to 


SAME Nationals Statement & Action on Coronavirus

In support of our national security, and as underscored by President Trump’s message to the nation and emergency declarations being made in communities across the country, SAME is joining the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We feel it is prudent to be very deliberate in deciding whether to proceed with in-person gatherings for now.

In that spirit, we made the decision to cancel the 2020 SAME Capital Week (which was scheduled for March 16-18 in Rockville, Md.). We have been working on a way to try to be able to record the briefings and capture the value of the event for our members in a virtual way—as we know the information provided by speakers from the government is crucial to the near-term and long-term strategic planning of the A/E/C industry firms that support our nation and our military’s critical facilities, infrastructure, and resilience needs. We will see how that all unfolds over the next few days and learn from the process. But to that end, we encourage Posts, Communities of Interest, and other groups within SAME to use this situation of coronavirus as an opportunity to be creative (leverage technology) and flexible for the benefit of our members.

On March 12, the National Office held a call with Post Presidents and Post Leaders across the country to answer questions and provide guidance on how Posts should handle any upcoming events or activities they have planned. That includes a recommendation to cancel or postpone events scheduled through April 15, then assess the status of future events based on how the situation unfolds going forward. A recording of the call is available at the Post Resource Center on the SAME website (under the Get Connected menu tab), and as always the National Office and Post Operations & Membership Team is available to answer questions.

The work that SAME members, partners, and stakeholders do is vital to national security, and building relationships and trust through their interactions in the Society is an critical part of how they do it. However, right now the focus needs be on containing the spread of coronavirus in an effort to shorten its duration. Reducing community spread and limiting in-person gatherings are necessary approaches to take.

We are sure you are wondering what this means for the 2020 JETC in Washington, D.C., May 27-29. Given that the event is not scheduled until the end of May, over two months from now, planning currently is proceeding as scheduled. We will continue to follow local and national guidance; therefore, a change in decision on the event’s status, should it become necessary, will be made at a later date.

SAME is dedicated to the health and safety of all its members and event participants, and we thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Please continue to check the SAME website for udpates.


From the SAME Geospatial Working Group

Please see the CONVID-19 GIS Hub for Geospatial data, tools and viewers that may be useful to improving your personal or professional situational awareness.  


Healthy Travel Practices

Both the CDC and WHO recommend several basic personal hygiene and healthy travel practices to reduce the transmission of disease:

Wash Your Hands Often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue, and then appropriately discard of the tissue

Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care

Stay up to date on vaccinations

Avoid contact with people who are already sick

Avoid contact with animals while traveling

Travel with hand sanitizer and wipes

Avoid touching your face


SAME JAX Starts SAME San Juan Field Chapter!

(Click the photo above to view the Photo Gallery)

As we embark on both our Second Century and our 2025 SAME Strategic Plan; the SAME San Juan Field Chapter is excited to kick off the year by hosting a Sustaining Member Briefing on 12 March 2020. Keynote speaker Ron Terrell, PE from JACOBS, representing the Regional VP, gave an excellent presentation on how we can make a difference in our Society and the A/E/C community here in Puerto Rico. Collaboration is key as we move onward towards the Centennial JETC and beyond.

The following are the officers:

President - Patrick J Balcazar, SDPM

Secretary - Brian Balukonis, USACE

Treasurer - Jorge Fuentes, Fuentes Pile


University of Florida SAME Student Chapter

The University of Florida SAME Student Chapter is looking for organizations to host webinars! If you are interested in hosting an upcoming meeting, please contact Brian Murphy


SAME Members Helping Out

SAME Member, Amy Fu (President of Alpha Envirotech Consulting) mans the SAME booth at the NDIA First Coast Amazing Grace Defense Symposium in honor of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (Feb 24th and 25th)

 

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