The following is from BOMA/Chicago. We encourage all BOMA building members to attend.
Management teams develop preparedness plans in preparation for emergencies in their own buildings, but what happens when a building is in the footprint of a much larger natural or man-made event?
In the aftermath of incidents such as the false alarm about a missile attack in Hawaii, and other large scale events, the BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee will focus attention on understanding official channels of Emergency Communication, Alerts and Notifications at its next open meeting. The meeting, open to all BOMA/Chicago members, will be held at at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20 in the basement auditorium of the Aon Center, located at 200 East Randolph.
Understanding the flow of information in the aftermath of a large scale event is key to managing communication expectations and responsibilities when federal, state or local officials are directing the public to take a specific action, such as a lock down, shelter in place or evacuation.
The following questions will be addressed by public officials, including the Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC):
- What happens before an official emergency alert is issued?
- Which agency is responsible for issuing emergency alerts?
- How will officials provide emergency notification in the event of natural or man-made emergency?
- Emergency Alert Broadcast Network
- Reverse 911
- If a building needs to lock down, shelter-in-place, or evacuate, will they be instructed to do so by an official source and how?
- What should buildings do proactively to ensure that they will receive emergency alerts?
- Does the news media have any role in disseminating official emergency information?
While the meeting is free to attend for all BOMA/Chicago members, advance registration is required. Click here to register.