Cities around the world remain on heightened alert following a bombing during the Boston Marathon. Hundreds were injured when explosive devices were detonated on crowded sidewalks during one of the most famous sporting events in the world.
The Washington Post reports that state and federal buildings across the country have implemented tougher safety measures, and many commercial building managers are taking additional precautions as a result of the attack. At train and subway stations, hospitals and other key areas around larger cities, police officers are conducting searches of people’s bags to ensure that another attack does not occur.
During emergencies like this, communication is essential to keeping everyone safe and secure. Building managers need to convey instructions to tenants and visitors about access to facilities, search procedures, emergency responses and more. Disasters may require a quick evacuation of buildings, so all tenants need to know and understand where the nearest exits are and what are the fastest routes out of buildings. Regularly communicating emergency response plans will help everyone remain safe.
Reviewing safety procedures
Officials in cities around the world are taking the time to review their emergency response procedures, according to The Associated Press. This is also a good time for building managers to ensure that their plans are properly conveyed to staff members, so that responses can be quick and effective.
“No matter how many days, months or years pass without a major terrorist attack, it only takes one such attack to bring us back to the cruel reality,” Interpol chief Ron Noble said.
The nature of the attack in Boston has increased vigilance among building visitors. Several airports, including Boston’s Logan Airport and New York’s LaGuardia? Airport, have responded to reports of suspicious packages. Similar incidents may be reported to maintenance workers or security staff at commercial office buildings, and building managers need to coordinate between the police and occupants.
Effective risk assessment plans include measures for ensuring that communication will remain active during an emergency. Cellphones became unreliable following the attack in Boston as thousands of people were attempting to contact their friends and family. Without an effective backup communication channel, building managers may be unable to convey instructions from emergency response officials. Emergency systems need to be tested regularly to ensure they will work when needed.
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