Sloan Operation Update

3/18/2020

Current Status:

  • Fabrication team
    • Operating as usual at Melrose (Scott Weis is on vacation; 1/2 strength team)
  • Project teams
    • Oroville project is active
    • Dallas project is active
    • Remaining teams are working remote
  • Service team
    • Working Remote
  • Systems/IT
    • Cameron/Derek will be working remotely
  • Accounting
    • Ryan W. will be in office Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    • New Staff Member was on-boarded Wednesday
    • Remainder of Dept is working remotely
  • Executive
    • Samm will be in office starting Tuesday – schedule TBD
    • Brice will be in office schedule TBD
    • Greg will be in office schedule TBD

Key Remote Tools:

  • Planner (share lists & tasks)
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Email
  • SloanSG.com

CEO Message – 3/16/2020

CEO MESSAGE

Dear All – 

Today has been exceptionally challenging day for not just our country, our communities, our families, but also Sloan.   I am grateful to you and our leadership team for leaning into the challenge of navigating COVID-19.  I am inspired by the grace, professionalism, good humor, flexibility and intelligence in your efforts! 

We had a good year in 2019.  We know it is going to be tough and that we are going to have to make sacrifices, but 2019 and your efforts have set us up to the weather the coming economic storm.    

Some Updates

– We built an internal webpage to try and keep folks up to date on various statuses (you will find this email there as well) https://sloansg.com/updates

– We have moved coordination/communication over to Microsoft Teams for the Leadership Group.  We will be having daily statuses at 10:30am – 11:00am if you have anything you would like added to the agenda.

– We are aware that the Bay Area may requires folks to stay home.  We are tracking this issue as it impacts our work there.

–  All customers should have been contacted today by an email blast.  Please follow up with customers that may be impacted.  No schedule should be considered written in stone given the conditions.   

– You all should have received a text from Cameron that should say “(Test of emergency notification system)” which will enable us to send out emergency text updates to all Sloan Employees.

– Our updates page has best workplace practices for addressing COVID-19 if you have any questions.

Sick Leave/PTO 

– We are proud to offer sick leave and PTO – here is reminder on our policies.

Current Work Status (3/16/2020)

·         Fabrication team

·         Operating as usual at Melrose (Scott Weis is on vacation; 1/2 strength team)

·         Project teams

·         Working Remote

·         Bay Area (TBD)

·         Service team

·         Working Remote

·         Bay Area (TBD)

·         Systems/IT

·         Cameron/Derek will be working remotely

·         Cameron will be in the office on Wednesday

·         Accounting

·         Ryan W. will be in office Monday, Wednesday, Friday

·         New Staff Member (Teresa) onboarding Wednesday

·         Remainder of Dept is working remotely

·         Executive

·         Samm will be in office starting Tuesday – schedule TBD

·         Brice will be in office schedule TBD

Tips for Working Remotely

Finally – I know this is going to be challenging, but take a moment to stretch, go for a walk, and hug a loved one. 

Be safe!

Brice 

COVID-19 Testing Insurance Update

The Idaho Department of Insurance recently made an statement to insurance groups asking them to cover testing. For our plans testing in-network will be covered at 100% https://bcidaho.com/coronavirus/; out-of-network testing will be subject to a cost (she told me that it is approximately $180). Patty also told me that they are finally opening up additional testing to private laboratories. Be prepared this may spike the numbers for outbreaks, but it should give us a more accurate reflection.

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March 13, 2020 Update

Dear all –

As a part of our commitment to your safety and a collaborative and flexible/high performance workplace, I wanted to provide you an update regarding Sloan’s policies and practices towards COVID-19.

We will do our best to get up-to-date information to you on our response to COVID-19. However, this situation is rapidly changing, and I want to encourage you to voice concerns or ideas or any questions you might have!  Open communication is essential to our effective response and your safety. 

I also want to emphasize that we are going into this issue with the strongest team, customer-base and balance sheet we have ever had, and we are going to come out of this stronger than ever before with more robust web-based platforms and processes.

Hand Washing

You will see there is a sign at each door in our building asking visitors and employees to wash their hands upon coming in the office.  Hand washing will enable us to conserve our hand sanitizer. Please make sure that you are regularly washing your hands and sanitizing at all times. We know that can be difficult to remember while traveling but sometimes the simplest habits can help in the long run.

Travel

We know that due to the unique nature of our work sometimes we ask that you travel.  For the time being there should be only essential travel to projects. Your supervisor will communicate with you regarding upcoming travel plans and work from home status. Most travel has been canceled.  If it all possible, we will emphasize using a vehicle to get to your destination, rather than an airplane.  Some more travel guidelines from the CDC are below.

Work from Home

If they haven’t already, your supervisor should communicate with you regarding work from home status.  We have long invested in web-based tools and computer hardware.  This will enable us to continue to serve customers, while limiting virus exposures.  Heads up:  As a company we are going to be using Microsoft Teams/Sharepoint more towards more effective online collaboration spaces.   

Sick Pay

If you are sick, please stay home. We have long had sick pay as a benefit.  It benefits the company by allowing us to limit virus spreads.

Here is some additional advice below from the CDC

Regards,

Brice

Things to consider before travel:

  • Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
    Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation, if there are people in the crowd who are sick. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theatres and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).
  • Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
    People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
  • Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
    If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
  • Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
    If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or have severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to practice precautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.

Interfaith Sanctuary Names Sloan Business Partner of the Year

The Interfaith Sanctuary provides shelter, a warm meal and compassion for Boise’s homeless population. Several years ago, this population was rocked by violence that required additional security.

It has been Sloan Security Group’s privilege to be able to be a lead a generous group of security providers over the last two years – Cook Security Group, Concentric Security, and ERMS/Peter Ashwin in providing security services to this vulnerable population.

CEO Brice Sloan said “Sloan relationship with the Sanctuary helped to clarify Sloan’s Why:

  • Creating Order from Chaos
  • Safety for the Vulnerable
  • Securing Trust

This is a link to an article published in the Interfaith Sanctuary’s blog https://interfaithsanctuary.org/blog/making-the-shelter-a-safer-place/.

The Interfaith Sanctuary provides overnight shelter, a warm meal, supportive services, kindness and compassion to men, women & children who are experiencing homelessness. 

Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in delivering integrated physical security solutions to clients with critical security needs.

Sloan Adds Revit Building Info Modeling (BIM) Capabilities to Assist Security Design

Sloan Security Group, Inc. is pleased to announce new BIM capabilities to provide advanced security design services.

Sloan is now able to receive a Revit model, navigate through it and generate elevation views, export the design to AutoCAD, and use the model as the basis for fence and gate/barrier designs.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is an industry leader in providing total life cycle perimeter security solutions from design, build to maintenance that address clients’ security requirements.

SSG nominated for Idaho Innovation Awards

Sloan Security Group is pleased to announce that it has been nominated as Innovative Company of the Year for the 2018 Idaho Innovation Awards.

In 2016, Sloan won runner-up Innovation of the year for its doppler radar animal detection system.  In addition, Sloan has a number of patents for innovative barrier systems and its vacuum excavation innovation has revolutionized excavation in sub-Arctic Alaska.

The annual Idaho Innovation Awards is Idaho’s first and only innovation awards program. The program recognizes innovations, innovative professionals and companies throughout the state. Stoel Rives LLP, a full-service, U.S. business law firm, has organized and hosted the program since 2006 and is pleased to organize this year’s program with Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council.

Established in 1991, Sloan Security Group is a leading U.S. provider of perimeter security security systems.

SSG employees standing between two deployed wedge barriers.

July 2018 USACE DoD Anti-Ram Vehicle Barriers List Update

The DOD Anti-Ram Vehicle Barriers: July 2018 document adds several new barriers and adds two new aspects of defensive geometry.

  • “interpolated” designs where a barrier is tested for openings of 10′ and 20′ and is also approved for in between distances. such as 13′.
  • designs where a barrier is only able to be used for a particular engineered distance such as 20′.  This is challenging if your site doesn’t work in neat 10′ or 20′ increments.

To create this standard, the DoD employs an ASTM International performance standard and testing procedure for both active entrance barriers and passive perimeter barriers designated as “vehicle-impact rated barriers,” or “anti-ram barriers.” The current standard is ASTM F2656-07, Standard Test Method for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers.

The ASTM F2656-07 test standard rates barriers in twelve impact categories, with three predetermined impact velocities for each category and four potential penetration ratings for each impact rating. These penetration ratings are: P1 – < 3.3 ft; P2 – 3.31 to 23.0 ft; P3 – 23.1 to 98.4 ft; and P4 – > 98 ft.

A few characteristics to consider are listed below (list taken from the DoD’s Protective Design Center – unlimited distribution):

  • Impact speed at barrier (low speed impact): The use of some vehicle barriers
    presented in this list exhibit vulnerabilities when impacted at speeds other than
    those associated with the ASTM and DOS test impact velocities.
  • Design Basis Threat (DBT) vehicle, other vehicle weights and speeds: The barriers
    presented in this list have been subjected to impacts under the specific conditions
    prescribed by the test designation. If the Installation’s DBT includes vehicles
    significantly different than the test vehicle, performance of the system may differ
    from what may be expected.
  • Deployment mechanisms: The mechanisms used to deploy vehicle barriers vary
    (pneumatic, hydraulic, electro-mechanical, manual). The various mechanisms
    should be investigated and the choice should be based on the best fit for the
    Installation.
  • Environmental condition at barrier: Environmental conditions can vary greatly
    from location to location. Conditions such as rain, snow, ice, sand, gravel, hot, and
    cold need to be considered when selecting a barrier for a specific location.
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M) requirements: Each barrier comes with its
    own operational and maintenance requirements. The O&M requirements vary in
    the amount and intensity from barrier to barrier. O&M needs to be figured into the
    overall life cycle cost of the barrier.
  • After impact barrier gaps: Post impact gaps may be an inherent characteristic of the
    barrier system. The barrier system’s post-impact condition should be carefully
    evaluated for its cap