President’s Corner: How We’re Handling COVID-19 Heading Into the Summer

We are entering that time of traditional family vacations, loading the kid and spouse into a vehicle and heading out on our annual adventure.

Are we there yet? Depending on the age of your children, and possibly the patients of your spouse, you have heard this never-ending question.

Our world has changed.

Like you, I have been occupied with addressing the many challenges that face my business, concerns about my employees, our customers, and the financial well-being of the company.

The California Alarm Association has also been active since day one as the crisis has escalated and evolved.

We worked closely with our CAA Government Affairs Committee and our lobbyist, as well as the Security Industry Association, The Monitoring Association and the Electronic Security Association to clarify the “essential workers” status of our industry on the local, state and federal level. Never have our efforts been so relevant.

We post updates on our website,, and our regional chapters have initiated webinars that provide local information on the state of the industry. You can see a calendar of webinars at our website.

The CAA Virtual Conference May 14-15 will include many of the components we delivered at our annual Palm Spring event. I hope you will join us for this update on relevant programs along with workshops on industry trends and innovative products and services. There is no fee for this conference thanks to our industry sponsors who have stepped up during these uncertain times.

We do plan on gathering in October for ISC West and December 2-5 in San Francisco. We will monitor the situation over the next few months to ensure we can gather in a safe and secure environment.

Are we there yet? No, but I take comfort from the fact that our associations at all levels are along for the ride. And, I am confident we will get there.

Stay safe.

Tim Westphal
Bay Alarm