Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

Building Security and Emergency Preparedness

BOMA POSITION

Industry guidelines and federal, state or local regulations must recognize that emergency preparedness plans for individual buildings differ and that a “one-size-fits-all” approach is unworkable and ill-advised.

Background

BOMA International has been actively involved in developing best practices in emergency and security preparedness throughout its history. Office building security and emergency preparedness have always been a top concern, and since 9/11 BOMA has dedicated considerable resources to meet the need for increased security in buildings. BOMA has published tools for property managers to evaluate security preparedness, create evacuation plans, and perform risk assessments on their properties.

BOMA and its members have responded aggressively to further prepare the nation’s office buildings for any future emergencies. This has been a cooperative effort between the public and private sector, and this effort will continue as new procedures and tools are developed to defend our critical infrastructures.

Since 9/11, the office building industry has more than doubled its expenditures in providing a safe and prepared office environment, according to BOMA’s Experience Exchange Report (EER). This investment will continue. BOMA holds regularly scheduled nationwide audio conferences, seminars and workshops on emergency preparedness topics to get information to the market. Throughout the country, communications are being coordinated far better among building management, law enforcement, governmental agencies and tenants to ensure a quick response should any threat materialize. Building evacuation drills continue to be practiced throughout the country so that building owners and managers, as well as tenants, know what to do in case of emergency.

BOMA International urges members to develop comprehensive emergency preparedness plans for each building they own or manage, and these comprehensive plans should be updated on a regular basis to reflect changing perils and threats. It also urges its members to participate in the development of an overall coordinated plan for the locality and effective communication networks with governmental entities so that those in the real estate industry can receive timely information to assist in responding to all types of emergencies. Emergency planning for buildings must be tailored to each unique situation.​ ​