Below is a summary of what was discussed at the BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee meeting on September 15th, 2020. The meeting was hosted by Ron Tabaczynski (BOMA) and Tom Henkey (Vice-Chair, Titan). Erin Belknap (Chairperson, Sterling Bay) was absent due to other commitments.
The meeting included approximately 38 attendees, including members of the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies. The meeting format was shifted from a teleconference to the Microsoft Teams platform, with both video and audio capability.
- Committee leadership provided a recap of the City’s ongoing efforts at commercial-corridor protection, as well as recent conference calls hosted by the Mayor’s Office and the new Slack communications channel.
Protest and Civil Unrest Recap & Outlook:
- Committee leadership provided a recap of recent civil unrest and a summary of current protest activity. Law enforcement agencies are anticipating protests continuing at a heightened pace through at least the November election.
- Committee leadership provided a brief coronavirus update for Chicago and Illinois. Participants are encouraged to visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html for more information.
The Chicago Police Department, 18th District Update:
- Ongoing demonstrations include Mexican Independence Day on September 16th and planned Michigan/Wacker shutdown protest on September 18th
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Update:
- A virtual fires safety director (FSD) class will be announced shortly;
- Fire drills are still required by city ordinance for Category 1 and 2 buildings
Department of Homeland Security:
- The agency is assessing service delivery and assessments in the coronavirus environment;
- Cybersecurity and phishing attacks remain a significant concern;
- Louisville grand jury empaneled regarding Breonna Taylor shooting
Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC):
- COVID an active and ongoing concern;
- Monitoring protest activity at heightened alert expected at least through the election week
- The next meeting will be held on October 20th, likely utilizing the Microsoft Teams platform.
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).