By Waveguide Editor Jim Dalke CPBE AMD 8VSD CBNT –
Governor Jay Inslee has issued a “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” order for Washington state with non-essential businesses to close March 25 for a minimum of 14 days. While this order is not as restrictive as “Shelter in place”, it does mean the state can limit your travel unless you can prove you are working in an essential business. Radio and television stations are specifically considered an essential business and may continue to operate.
The First Informer legislation passed by the Washington legislature was designed to permit engineers to access broadcast studio and transmitter facilities during a declared emergency.
Broadcast engineers should have certain documents with them anytime they are traveling to and from their studio and transmitter facilities under the current restrictions.
The engineer should, of course, have a valid driver’s license and an identification card issued by their employer, or at a minimum a company business card or letter of authorization from the station management. In addition, to meet the requirements of the Washington First Informer regulations, the engineer should have in his possession a Business Re-Entry (BRE) Registration Card issued to their employer and copies of letters from the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for access and a second letter from CISA for fuel transport.
The BRE card is actually in letter form instead of an ID Card like Oregon is providing for its First Informer program.
In summary, carry the following with you at all times you are traveling on broadcast business during the COVID-19 National Emergency:
- Valid drivers license
- Employee identification card, company business card or letter of authorization from employer.
- Business Re-Entry (BRE) Registration card issued to employer.
- Current CISA letter of authorization for access for provider of emergency communications.
- Current CISA letter of authorization for emergency generator fuel for provider of emergency communications.
Business Re-Entry (BRE) Registration Application: https://mil.wa.gov/business-re-entry-registration
CISA COVID-19 Emergency Access Letter: https://files.constantcontact.com/60a790fd501/18c64808-4bf6-4066-8ad0-19b2e45e6ae3.pdf
CISA COVID-19 Emergency Fuel Letter: https://files.constantcontact.com/60a790fd501/f93d407c-f435-4657-8889-1800ac010ea7.pdf
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Here is a sample of the documents you should carry while on the road during the COVID-19 emergency: