BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee Meeting Notes for October 19

Titan Security attended the Tuesday, October 19, 2021 meeting of the BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee. A summary of the content is provided here.

  • Facilitated by Ron Tabaczynski (BOMA) and Tom Henkey (Titan)
  • Hosted via Microsoft Teams, with approximately 45 attendees
  • Public-sector agencies including the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), Chicago Police Department (CPD) District 1 and District 18, Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS/CISA), and Metra rail
  • BOMA provided update of the current status of downtown reoccupancy and coronavirus status; consensus is that occupancy roughly holding steady
  • The Annual Carlos Villarreal Preparedness Tabletop will be held at 9:00am on November 2 via Zoom, and facilitated by Titan Security; registration is open, there is no cost to attend, and this year’s theme will be workplace violence; 60+ attendees enrolled
  • Committee reviewed traffic disruptions, including seasonal bridge lifts and the Chicago Sky victory parade route
  • Public-sector partners delivered their reports by department
    • CFD – a new fire safety director (FSD) class will be held at 321 N Clark on November 16-18; fire life safety drills are ongoing at highrise buildings
    • CPD, 1st District – protest activity is ongoing; special event frequency is decreasing; community policing strategy meeting held on October 13; robberies and theft are up year-to-date, particularly vehicle thefts
    • CPD 18th District – community policing strategy meeting held on October 18; robberies and thefts up as well, vehicle thefts up 38%; some protests are ongoing
    • DHS/CISA – emphasizing de-escalation and employee vigilance materials via https://www.cisa.gov/publication/de-escalation-series
    • Metra – rail travel plateauing recently; current ridership is approximately 25% of previous periods; weekend traffic has increased
  • BOMA diversity committee happy hour will take place on October 21; BOMA annual meeting will take place on evening of November 19
  • The next meeting of the Preparedness Committee will take place on November 16; details to follow

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