CISA identifies infrastructure workers critical to COVID-19 response (3/23/2020)


The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) last week issued guidance to states and the private sector that identifies "essential critical infrastructure" workers during the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The advisory list is aimed at helping state and local officials as they work to protect their communities while also ensuring the continuity of functions required for public health and safety, as well as economic and national security, CISA officials said in a press release.The list identifies workers who conduct operations and services essential to critical infrastructure viability. Transportation is among the industries addressed in the list.

Railway Supply Institute President Mike O'Malley said the federal guidelines are essential in order for critical transportation to continue operating during the pandemic.

"Our nation's transportation networks maintain consistent, reliable shipments of supplies and resources vital to the COVID-19 response," O'Malley said in a prepared statement. "CISA's recent guidance makes clear that all rail supply operations — including critical manufacturing, repair and maintenance of rail equipment and infrastructure — is essential to that response."

Source: Progressive Railroading Daily News