On May 26, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will distribute 430,000 non-contact infrared thermometers (NCIT) to help workplaces reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional 8,000 NCIT have been allocated for tribal nations. The White House's ' Guidelines for Opening Up America Again ,' recommends including temperature checks as an important part of screening employees' symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19). Each state has been provided with NCIT for distribution; these figures are available here . Drinking water and wastewater utility operations are classified as essential critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and therefore eligible to request NCIT. What to expect: FEMA coordinated initial distribution and delivery to state, territorial and tribal locations in late May. Additional NCIT are expected to be available in June. Local governments should make requests of states, with states making requests of FEMA Regions through the FEMA Resource Request Form (RRF) process. The initial amount allocated by the federal government is not intended to supply 100 percent of business operations; workplaces with unmet needs will need to pursue, independent of the federal government, the acquisition of additional equipment needed to reopen safely and in line with CDC guidance. FEMA provides the following guidance to states, tribal nations and territories: Consider priority to workplaces with Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers and a high degree of person-to-person interaction. Next, consider priority to workplaces with a high degree of person-to-person interaction that are currently operating or have been identified to reopen based on individual state plans. Next, consider state and local offices with operations that support the reopening of businesses and community services and that require a high degree of person-to-person interaction. Finally, consider other workplaces with a high degree of person-to-person interaction at the discretion of the state. Questions can be directed to Kevin Morley , AWWA's federal relations manager.