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Emergency Preparedness

  • 01/20/2016 11:20 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Property Preparedness 


    Take measures today to prepare your property and to minimize the damages often experienced in cold winter months.  Below are some helpful tips: 

    BUILDING EXTERIOR 

    - Roof: inspect and repair. Seal around vents and other protrusions to prevent roof leaks.

    - Gutters and downspouts: remove all obstructions and make sure they are properly secured.

    - Exterior water lines: drain and winterize to prevent pipes from freezing.

    - Drains: clear debris so that water drains away from your property.

    - Trees: inspect trees near structures and walk areas and remove unsafe branches. 


    BUILDING INTERIOR

    - Check venting and assure proper clearances to combustibles.

    - Space heaters: prohibit or minimize use and assure safe location and operation.

    - Interior pipes: protect from freezing. Be very careful if attempting to thaw a frozen pipe.

    - Make sure to maintain minimum indoor temperatures in vacant spaces.

    - Faucets: leave dripping during intense cold.

    - Alarms: test all fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 


    FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

    - Sprinkler pipes: protect any sprinkler pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures to protect from freezing.

    - Antifreeze systems: have antifreeze systems been tested for adequate concentration in the past year?

    - Dry pipe systems: make sure the heat in the riser room is maintained at least 40° F minimum.

    - Sprinkler system: make sure the system is currently serviced, operational and ready for winter.

    - Fire pump rooms: must be heated to 40° F minimum (warmer for diesel pumps).

    - Connections: keep hydrants, valves and standpipe connections accessible and marked. 


    SLIP, TRIP AND FALL PREVENTION

    - Review contracts with snow removal contractors and assure you have adequate protection.

    - Keep sidewalks and parking lots free of ice and snow accumulations.

    - Be prepared for ice with salt, ice melt and shovels. 

    - Check exterior lighting, especially those illuminating walking surfaces.

    - Eliminate water drainage across key walking areas from downspouts and roofs.

    - Control wet walking surfaces inside and out with appropriate mats and warning signs. 


    EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

    - Create a contingency plan.

    - Assemble flashlights, batteries, emergency weather radio and an emergency contact list.

    - Establish safe equipment shut down procedures.

    - Make sure generators are serviced and fuel is onsite and readily available. 

  • 12/30/2015 11:39 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)
     

    Invitation to All Property Managers.           Click here for registration form.



  • 12/04/2015 3:22 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    NOVEMBER 17, 2015

    This document was prepared at the direction of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness pursuant to its authority under Executive Order No. 5 of 16 March 2006, and to provisions of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Act. Information contained in this document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and may only be shared with or distributed to law enforcement agencies and personnel. This document contains confidential, sensitive homeland security information that shall not be deemed to be public record under the provisions of P.L. 1963, c. 73 (c.47:1A-1, et seq.) or the common law concerning access to public records. Dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication and any attachments hereto by individuals not explicitly specified as an intended recipient of this communication is strictly prohibited.

    Contact Information Andrew Smith: ASmith@njohsp.gov

    UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE | LT. GOV. KIM GUADAGNO | DIR. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ

    NJOHSP

    OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS

    UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    Security Resource Recommendations

    Suspicious activity in New Jersey should be reported by calling (866) 4-SAFE-NJ (866‐472-3365), by emailing tips@njhomelandsecurity.gov, or by using our SAFE-NJ smart phone application.

    SAFE-NJ

    OHSP’s SAFE-NJ smartphone “app” is now available for reporting suspicious activity. SAFE-NJ, available for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile platforms, provides direct connection to OHSP’s 24-hour counter-terrorism watch desk. Download SAFE-NJ

    Security Self-Assessment

    OHSP developed a facility self-assessment tool that can be used to highlight areas of your facility that could be improved upon. Download OHSP’s Facility Self-Assessment Tool

    TRAINING

    Protective Measures Training

    The following cross-sector and sector-specific training courses and resources are available to public and private sector partners at no cost. These courses provide government officials and critical infrastructure owners and operators with resources to enhance security and resilience.

    Independent Study Courses

    • IS-906 - Workplace Security Awareness
    • IS-907 - Active Shooter: What You Can Do
    • IS-912 - Retail Security Awareness - Understanding the Hidden Hazards
    • IS-914 - Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
    • IS-915 - Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats

    Bombing Prevention Training

    The US Department of Homeland Security offers training to state, local, and private sector partners to enhance awareness of terrorist threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure. Workshops and courses educate participants on strategies for detecting and mitigating these threats.

    NOVEMBER 17, 2015

    Contact Information Andrew Smith: ASmith@njohsp.gov

    This document was prepared at the direction of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness pursuant to its authority under Executive Order No. 5 of 16 March 2006, and to provisions of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Act. Information contained in this document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and may only be shared with or distributed to law enforcement agencies and personnel. This document contains confidential, sensitive homeland security information that shall not be deemed to be public record under the provisions of P.L. 1963, c. 73 (c.47:1A-1, et seq.) or the common law concerning access to public records. Dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication and any attachments hereto by individuals not explicitly specified as an intended recipient of this communication is strictly prohibited.

    UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE | LT. GOV. KIM GUADAGNO | DIR. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ

    NJOHSP

    OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS

    UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    Critical Infrastructure Learning Series

    This series provides information and online seminars on current and emerging critical infrastructure topics to critical infrastructure owners and operators, government entities, and other partners.

    Webinars

    Active Shooter Preparedness

    Access a 90-minute webinar intended for private and public sectors to understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan and the need to train employees on how to respond if confronted with an active shooter.

    Retail Security

    Active Threat Recognition for Retail Security Officers is an 85-minute presentation discussing signs of criminal and terrorist activity, types of surveillance, and suspicious behavioral indicators. To access a recording of this webinar, please register. After submitting the registration information, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions for logging in to the view the material.

    Threat Detection & Reaction for Retail & Shopping Center Staff

    Threat Detection & Reaction for Retail & Shopping Center Staff is a 20-minute presentation intended for point-of-sale staff, but applicable to all employees of a shopping center, mall, or retail facility. It uses case studies and best practices to explain suspicious behavior and packages, how to reduce the vulnerability to an active shooter threat, and the appropriate actions to take if employees notice suspicious activity.

    Cybersecurity in the Retail Sector

    Cybersecurity in the Retail Sector provides retail employees and managers with an overview of the cyber threats and vulnerabilities facing the industry. The webinar also reviews the types of cyber systems and infrastructure used by the retail industry and steps that retail personnel can take to address the unique vulnerabilities to those cyber resources.

    Improvised Explosive Device Threat Awareness and Detection

    Improvised Explosive Device Threat Awareness and Detection focuses on identifying improvised explosive devices (IED). The training provides awareness-level information for staff, management, and security to recognize, report, and react to unusual activities and threats in a timely manner.

    NOVEMBER 17, 2015

    Contact Information Andrew Smith: ASmith@njohsp.gov

    This document was prepared at the direction of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness pursuant to its authority under Executive Order No. 5 of 16 March 2006, and to provisions of the New Jersey Domestic

    Security Preparedness Act. Information contained in this document is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and may only be shared with or distributed to law enforcement agencies and personnel. This document contains confidential, sensitive

    homeland security information that shall not be deemed to be public record under the provisions of P.L. 1963, c. 73 (c.47:1A-1, et seq.) or the common law concerning access to public records. Dissemination, distribution or copying of

    this communication and any attachments hereto by individuals not explicitly specified as an intended recipient of this communication is strictly prohibited.

    UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE | LT. GOV. KIM GUADAGNO | DIR. CHRIS RODRIGUEZ

    NJOHSP

    OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS

    UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    Evolving Threat

    Evolving Threat: What You Can Do is a webinar that includes a synopsis of evolving threats, followed by a protective measures presentation that help owners and operators better protect their facilities, employees, and community. The session combines subject matter experts, video scenarios, and valuable information to enhance security efforts.

    Hotel Security

    Safeguarding Hotels from the Threat of Terrorism was developed in collaboration with the American Hotel & Lodging Association and provides information on key terrorism topics with reference to actual events. The webinar includes a high-level briefing on the threat climate for the hotel industry and specific protective measures focusing on observing and reporting suspicious activity and items. The webinar focuses on terrorism topics including, but not limited to, lessons learned from Mumbai-style attacks; IED awareness and response, and active shooter scenarios.

    Surveillance Detection

    Surveillance Detection Awareness on the Job is part of the DHS "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign to raise public awareness of potential indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. This free online interactive session of video scenarios, commentary by a panel of experts, and questions and comments will better prepare participants to guard against surveillance activities.

    For further information, visit

    http://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/


    http://www.dhs.gov/office-infrastructure-protection.


  • 10/20/2015 10:47 AM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    The BOMA-NJ "Active Shooter" seminar was presented on October 13, 2015 by members of the State of New Jersey Department of Homeland Security & State Police.

    Download Presentation Here.







  • 09/30/2015 1:42 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

     

    INFORMATION FROM THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

    Hurricane Joaquin

    The latest update on the predicted track of Hurricane Joaquin points to the serious possibility of a New Jersey landfall for the storm early next week.  The National Hurricane Center predicts Joaquin to become a Category 3 hurricane on Saturday as it begins to parallel the Eastern Seaboard and move north.  Sometime on Sunday or early Monday, forecasters believe the storm will pivot to the west, making landfall somewhere on the Mid-Atlantic coast, likely as a Category 1 hurricane or the equivalent as a post-tropical storm (see Sandy at landfall).

    The latest update puts New Jersey squarely in the center of the hurricane center's projected track for Joaquin, which stretches from Rhode Island to North Carolina. The National Weather Service's Mount Holly office issued a warning that severe inland flooding and hurricane force winds are possible if Joaquin directly affects the region. The briefing noted that major coastal flooding is possible, even if Joaquin does not make a landfall near New Jersey.   "This is in advance of any impacts from Hurricane Joaquin. If Hurricane Joaquin directly affects the region, major to record coastal flooding is possible," the briefing stated.

    The National Hurricane Center cautioned that much can change over the course of the next several days, and it is most important that people along the East Coast prepare rather than panic.   They offered three major points in their 11 a.m. update: 

    1. Confidence in the details of the track forecast late in the period remains low, since the environmental steering currents are complex and the model guidance is inconsistent. A wide range of outcomes is possible, from a direct impact of a major hurricane along the U.S. east coast to a track of Joaquin out to sea away from the coast. It is therefore way too soon to talk about specific wind, rain, or surge impacts from Joaquin in the U.S.

    2. Should the threat to the U.S. increase, any further adjustments of the forecast to the west would likely be accompanied by an increase in the forecast forward speed, with impacts along the coast occurring sooner than currently forecast. A hurricane watch could be required for portions of the U.S. coast as early as Thursday evening.

    3. Many areas of the eastern U.S. are currently experiencing heavy rains and gusty winds associated with a frontal system. This inclement weather is expected to continue over the next few days, which could complicate preparations for Joaquin should it head toward the coast.

    Please check NOAA and NJ.com fur further updates.

    BOMA-New Jersey

     

  • 09/18/2015 3:47 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Security Awareness Tips 866.825.5433 |

    AlliedBarton.com

    Seasonal flu can increase the occurrence of illness in

    the workplace and result in lost work time. Flu season

    typically begins when cold weather strikes and can last

    into spring. For many people, the seasonal flu is a mild

    illness, but for others it can result in serious infections or

    hospitalization.

    Preventive health measures are even more necessary

    during this season and workplaces of every type should

    be proactive to keep employees safe and business

    operating as usual.

    Preventative Measures: Encourage employees to take

    precautions to reduce the spread of the flu.

    • Provide hand washing stations or hand sanitizer.

    • Tissues should be discarded immediately after use –

    provide waste receptacles.

    • Thoroughly clean work stations, door knobs and

    telephones.

    • Educate your employees – share prevention tips and

    information.

    • Initiate discussions with companies that provide

    temporary or contract employees.

    • Contact your local health department and other

    organizations for up-to-date information.

    Vaccinations: Health professionals recommend a yearly

    seasonal flu vaccine. Everyone over the age of six months

    is encouraged to get vaccinated.

    • Work with your health insurance company to provide

    information to employees.

    • If possible, create opportunities for on-site vaccinations

    or coordinate with a local health clinic that can

    accommodate your employees.

    If Your Employees Contract the Flu: Flu symptoms include

    fever, headache, extreme fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny

    or stuffy nose, muscle aches and stomach symptoms. Those

    with the flu should avoid contact with others and doctors

    may prescribe antiviral medication or suggest over-thecounter

    remedies.

    >> Employees in the work place exhibiting flu symptoms

    should be sent home.

    >> Ill employees should be encouraged to stay at home.

    >> The CDC recommends that employees with flu-like

    symptoms should remain at home until at least 24 hours

    after they are free of a fever.

    >> Employers should be flexible about sick leave.

    >> Be aware of school closures that may impact employees

    with children.

    Pandemic Plans: If a pandemic occurs in your community

    or if a large percentage of your employees become ill, you

    need to have plans in place to ensure the health of your

    employees and your business’ future.

    >> Consider flexible schedules or telecommuting.

    >> Cancel non-essential travel.

    >> Utilize teleconferencing or online meetings in place of

    large in-person gatherings.

    >> Know who to contact in your local health community if a

    flu outbreak occurs.

    >> Identify critical functions required to maintain business

    operations and develop plans to staff those if assigned

    employees are ill.

    >> Communicate pandemic plans with employees.

    For more resources on this topic,

    visit www.AlliedBarton.com/Tips

    0315


  • 09/18/2015 3:46 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)


    AlliedBarton.com

    During a Hurricane

    > Evacuate immediately if ordered to do so.

    > If you’re in your home, stay near the down-wind

    side of the house.

    > Stay away from windows and glass doors.

    > Keep children in safe areas such as the basement

    or interior first floor rooms.

    > If the eye of the hurricane passes over your area,

    be aware that the improved weather conditions

    are temporary and the storm conditions will return

    with winds coming from the opposite direction,

    sometimes in a matter of minutes.

    After a Hurricane

    > If you or others are injured and unable to travel,

    call for help if possible. If phones are not

    operational, seek help from a neighbor or signal

    patrol police or emergency crews.

    > If not hurt, stay in a protected area of your home

    until announcements are made on the radio or

    television that dangerous winds have passed.

    > Stay away from downed power lines.

    > Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until

    you are certain it is not contaminated.

    > Notify your insurance company and make

    insurance claims as soon as possible. Take photos of

    all damages.

    Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and

    ends November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane

    season begins May 15 and also ends November 30.

    When a hurricane reaches land, it brings with it the

    potential for lost lives and severe property damage

    through flash floods, tidal surges and high winds.

    Those who are living, working or vacationing in

    hurricane zones should take advantage of the

    advanced warning these storms provide and prepare

    or evacuate accordingly.

    Before a Hurricane

    • Create an emergency kit with enough supplies for

    three to seven days. Include at least one gallon of

    water daily per person, non-perishable packaged or

    canned food and juices, handheld can opener,

    cooking tools/fuel, paper plates and plastic utensils,

    blankets and pillows, seasonal clothing and rain

    gear, a first-aid kit, medications and prescriptions,

    toiletries, battery operated flashlights and radio with

    spare batteries, and cash because banks and

    ATMs may not be available. Make sure your cell

    phone is fully charged, propane tanks are full as

    well as your vehicle’s gas tank.

    • Monitor hurricane and tropical storm advisories.

    • Decide whether you will go to a designated shelter,

    a safer place inland or ride out the storm in your

    home unless authorities evacuate your area.

    • Utilize hurricane shutters, secure boats and cars,

    plan an escape route and move unsecured items

    including flower pots, water hoses and patio

    furniture inside the house or garage.

    • Take an inventory of all household goods making

    sure to document model number and brand name.

    For more information on Hurricane Safety...

    Occupational Safety & Health Administration:

    www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/

    guides/hurricane

    Safety Hurricane Tips:

    www.hurricaneshutters.net/tips


  • 09/04/2015 1:26 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    CALM BEFORE THE STORM:

     *   Should your machine room be subject to the elements,
    check the weather stripping around your doors. It is
    important that this is intact, so replace or repair if
    necessary
     *   Inspect and protect louvers and vents for possible
    water entrances.
     *   If your machine room has windows, these can be blown
    out by strong winds. To prevent water damage, fasten sheets
    of heavy plywood over the windows
    STORM EN ROUTE:

     *   To avoid a possible entrapment in the event of a power
    failure, it is recommended to suspend the usage of your
    elevator
     *   Avoid parking the elevator at any floors that are open
    to the elements
     *   You can shut down the mainline disconnect in the
    machine room to shut down your elevator. (Note: please
    ensure that the person performing this action is qualified
    and trained with the electrical equipment and is aware of
    the potential hazards associated with it).
    THE AFTERMATH:

     *   Seek expert assistance in the event that any of your
    electric equipment becomes damaged or if you experience a
    power outage or fluctuation for an extended period of time.
     *   Make sure that the power is fully restored before
    restoring power to the elevators.

  • 08/13/2015 2:26 PM | BOMA New Jersey (Administrator)

    Dylan Isenberg

    Manager, Advocacy

    BOMA International

    disenberg@boma.org<mailto:enaden@boma.org>

    202-326-6337 (direct)

     

    Emergency Preparedness in the Commercial Real Estate Sector

     

     

    As reported through numerous media outlets over the past several weeks, there is an increased concern that ISIS/ISIL is attempting to use social media to encourage individuals to take up the mantle of jihad and plan terroristic attacks here in the United States.   The Department of Defense raised their threat level last week and all government agencies are continuing to monitor this threat very closely.   Social media recruiting has been on-going; however, it appears to be growing at alarming rates.

     

     

     

    Because of the increased security at locations including military posts, law enforcements and public gatherings, the CRE sector could become more of a target.   We encourage all of you to review your emergency preparedness plans.  Some key points to remember:

     

     

     

    -          Be aware of all public gatherings that will occur near your facility;

     

    -          Communicate with other CRE buildings in your area – make a commitment to share information

     

    -          Meet with local first responders and ask them for direction on the best way to communicate out of the ordinary behavior or activity;

     

    -          Test your buildings’ emergency systems, including lockdown systems, to ensure that all are operating properly and that your entire staff knows how to operate them.

     

     

     

    Public safety is the responsibility of all individuals. The participation of ordinary citizens is an integral part of our homeland security efforts.   If you see something, say something!

     

     

     

    If you need assistance with emergency planning, there are numerous resources available.   You may contact the BOMA International Library to purchase the Emergency Preparedness Guide or visit the Department of Homeland Security website at www.dhs.gov<http://www.dhs.gov> for additional resources.

     

     

     


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