Below is a summary of what was discussed at the BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee meeting on May 19, 2020. The meeting was hosted by Ron Tabaczynski (BOMA) and Tom Henkey (Titan Security Group, Committee Vice-Chair). The meeting was held by conference call and included a wide range of attendees, with members of the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) Update:
- 1st District:
- Lower Wacker remains closed due to standing water;
- Protests are increasing at and around the Thompson Center;
- The CPD does not plan on arresting for social distancing or mask usage but will continue to enforce trespassing and disturbance laws.
- 18th District:
- The 18th District is also monitoring protests;
- There was a reminder for delivery drivers to never to leave their keys in a vehicle while picking up or dropping off.
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Update:
- Assisting with flooding along Lower Wacker;
- The CFD is working with public health officials to refine PPE and social distancing protocols and practices.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Update:
- Providing multiple best-practice documents on recovery processes;
- The local agency representative is still available via phone call and email.
- The BOMA/Chicago website features a wide range of resource links on its webpage;
- Invitees of the Preparedness Committee call received copies of state and city recovery plans;
- Multiple operational functions related to reoccupying commercial high-rises are being assessed, including social distancing and temperature taking;
- Security providers are encouraged to communicate and coordinate with their property management counterparts regarding processes and expectations.
- The June monthly BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee meeting may be via teleconference or in-person depending on the situation and social distancing guidelines from public-health organizations.