In 1918, the world was grappling with the effects of the Spanish influenza. A little over 100 years later, we find ourselves in the epicenter of a new global pandemic. The ongoing spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has become one of the world’s biggest threats and a defining factor of 2020. What started in the Hubei province of Wuhan, China, has now made its way to almost every country in the world, infecting millions along its destructive path. It has collapsed economies, overwhelmed health-care systems, emptied public spaces, and disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never seen before. Like World War II or the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this pandemic has already imprinted itself upon this nation’s history.
As COVID-19 has become and continues to be a global topic of concern, the Atlas® World Group companies and Atlas® Van Line Agents have altered the ways in which we carry out our day to day operations. The safety and wellbeing of our employees, professional van operators, agents, customers and vendors is our utmost concern. Through strategic planning and evaluation, proactive measures have been put in place to not only protect those impacted by our business directly, but to protect the public at large as well.
We continue to evaluate the information supplied by the CDC, WHO, and the public health officials in the communities in which we do business, and follow the recommendations provided by those organizations concerning public health and safety. Through our commitment to stop the spread of COVID-19, we have allowed our employees to work from home in accordance with the Stay at Home orders.
We are closely monitoring the situation around the clock. Increased communication and information sharing between our business entities has been instrumental in conveying any important updates and changes to our agency family. Notifications, reminders, and news items are published daily on our internal network as new information becomes available. This system serves as a hub for quick access to these references and resources.
Atlas and our Agents will continue to work closely with our clients to mitigate the risks associated with the outbreak by following industry guidelines and best practices. When interacting with the public and handling our customers’ belongings, ensuring that the necessary steps and precautions are completed take precedence. Atlas headquarters has requested that each agency complete a self-reporting form to communicate their business status and temporary actions taken in response to COVID-19 in an effort to meet these expectations.
As we further navigate through this uncharted territory, Atlas will continue to approach the situation with an abundance of caution and concern for the communities in which we serve. Stay safe, we will get through this.
Chairman and CEO,
Atlas® World Group
President and COO,
Atlas® Van Lines