Below is a summary of what was discussed at the BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee meeting on October 20th. The meeting was hosted by Ron Tabaczynski (BOMA), Erin Belknap (Chairperson, Sterling Bay) and Tom Henkey (Vice-Chair, Titan).
The meeting included members of the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies.
BOMA/Chicago Slack Channel:
- The slack channel usage is ongoing, informally overseen by the Mayor’s Office and BOMA/Chicago.
- An additional Mayor’s Office conference call is expected soon. BOMA Civil Unrest Guide (link below) can be used as a resource for property managers.
The Chicago Police Department, 1st District Update:
- Gun recoveries are up year-to-date. Motor vehicle thefts are up year-to-date. Robberies and thefts are down year-to-date;
- Deputy Chief Pigott is in charge of the “Central Control” group, which is the 1st and 18th District. Please pass along any video(s) of crimes and/or suspicious individuals.
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Update:
- Fire drills are resuming. CFD Recommendations include:
- Send in an affidavit that the drill was conducted for Category 1 and Category 2 buildings;
- Keep attendance limited to ensure social distancing is being implemented;
- Sound/test alarms and strobes;
- Ensure that tenants understand what the alarm sounds like and where to go.
- Fire Safety Director – 11/04 to 11/06 is the next Fire Safety Director (FSD) training, and it will be virtual. Renewal should be processed and paid online and then follow up with CFD Deputy District Chief, Wally Schroeder, to notify him and get the onsite practical.
Department of Homeland Security:
- Chuck Dushane is getting a new partner in Chicago in the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) role. Details to follow.
Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC):
- The current plan is that the EOC will open the day before, the day of, and the day after the election. There is a possibility of a business EOC at a separate location.
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something.” For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).