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President's Message: COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric N. Banschbach, PS
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Wow, here we are, four months into the year and, honestly, those four months are already a blur. Perhaps the last month and a half has had an influence on that, but that’s just a hunch. As I am sure many of you have had to adjust to as well, working “remotely” outside the proverbial “normal” has presented some significant challenges. As our governor has imparted on all of us, the “Hunker Down Hoosiers” executive order, not to mention the use of common sense, in dealing with this pandemic, has had varying effects on each of us.


I continue to pray each day, and am hopeful, that each of you and your loved ones have successfully avoided the virus. I am sure we are all experiencing anxiety with things changing continuously; each day feels like we’re experiencing multiple news cycles. Unfortunately, the current and future economic effects on all of us may be unavoidable. Our Board made a conscious effort early on to try to mitigate the potential fallout to our members and the survey industry as a result of the pending shutdown. We drafted and forwarded a letter to the governor explaining the critical importance to the state of keeping our folks working, indicating we are “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” performing necessary and critically important responsibilities to our fellow citizens. The intent was to gain a possible exemption to the pending executive order for activities associated with our industry, or at the very least to give us some flexibility in the ability to keep working, while still following CDC guidelines.


Hearing from some of you throughout this situation, it sounds like many are still out in the field, which is good to hear. As long as we conduct our business in a responsible manner with low health and safety risk to our own staff, as well as our fellow citizens, we should be able to continue to carry out our essential activities. To be sure, we all face a long and challenging list of unknowns. We are both gaining and losing our vision of what our new reality will be.


To say there has been a wrench thrown into the gears of what I was hoping we could accomplish and expand upon this year is certainly an understatement. However, certainly all is not lost, and I do have an optimistic opinion of what we can still accomplish. We may have to adapt and overcome some challenges but I’m confident, with your help, we can do it.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or if the Board can be helpful or supportive of you in any way. And if I could make a special request: If you know of any creative or innovative changes you have implemented in your businesses that have helped during this period, or just a suggestion, I’m all ears.


God bless and stay safe out there.


Eric N. Banschbach, PS

ISPLS President


This message from ISPLS' president was originally published in the Spring 2020 issue of the Hoosier Surveyor.

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