The following information has been provided by BOMA/Chicago regarding the City of Chicago testing a Business Recovery Access Program. For more information on the CP3 Portal that is mentioned below, please click here.
In the aftermath of a disaster or emergency, it is critical for key personnel to gain access to restricted areas to begin business recovery. This presents a serious problem for incident commanders. Since 9/11, federal, state, and local emergency management agencies have struggled with a credentialing system that would identify and allow key individuals to restricted areas after a disaster or catastrophic event. BOMA/Chicago has been working with the City of Chicago Office Emergency Management and Communication on the Business Recovery Access Program (BRAP). Together with the Chicago Public Private Task Force, the City has developed a credentialing system that relies on FIMS (Facility Information Management System) rather than hard cards issued to individuals. Many BOMA/Chicago buildings are already registered in the FIMS system. Prior to NATO Conference and last year’s Chicago Marathon, BOMA/Chicago encouraged members to register through the CP3 Portal. The City will be conducting a drill of the BRAP system on May 2. In the coming weeks, BOMA/Chicago will again be encouraging buildings to register or update their information. Building tenants also have the ability to register in the system. When implemented, emergency credentialing will rely on information in the system.