CISA Includes Dredging Personnel in List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce during COVID-19 Response

Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community & National Resilience in COVID-19 Response.”

This list of “essential critical infrastructure workforce” gives guidance to state and local jurisdictions and the private sector in considering how to manage and continue access and reentry for essential workers during periods when access restrictions are in effect by public health authorities and other executive branch authorities related to quarantine, social-distancing, isolation, and/or shelter-in-place.

Dredging personnel made the list per the sections below:

Transportation and Logistics

  • Maritime transportation workers – port workers, mariners, equipment operators.

Public Works

  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.

For the complete list, view the guidance here.