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BOMA International Releases New Emergency Preparedness Guidebook

August 14, 2012



Updated Guidebook Gives Property Professionals the Latest
Preparedness Strategies for All Disaster Situations

(WASHINGTON – August 14, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is bringing cutting-edge preparedness planning to property owners and managers with the release of its new publication, “Emergency Preparedness Guidebook: The Property Professional’s Resource for Developing Emergency Plans for Natural and Human-Based Threats.

The guidebook helps property professionals prepare for emergency situations that could jeopardize the occupants, contents and the physical structure of a property.  Recognizing the complexity of developing and implementing a sound and comprehensive emergency strategy, the publication provides users with a step-by-step guide through the four phases of emergency management—mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Several types of emergencies are covered: accidents such as fires, public health emergencies and elevator outages; earth and weather events such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes; and criminal and terror acts such as terrorism and workplace violence. The guidebook also features an in–depth chapter on building an effective communications plan and checklists throughout to help users organize every step of their preparedness plan.

The Emergency Preparedness Guidebook also addresses the importance of a thorough emergency strategy in attracting and retaining building tenants.  Not only can disaster planning help building management protect assets and minimize liability, but it has the ability to inspire confidence in current and prospective tenants, which is crucial to property capital.

“Having a comprehensive plan in an emergency is critical for every building manager,” remarked Lawrence J. Schoen, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, president, Schoen Engineering, Inc. and the author of the publication. “BOMA’s new Emergency Preparedness Guidebook is the definitive source for anyone developing and executing a plan for any type of building emergency. It is one of BOMA’s most important publications and a must have for the library of any property professional.”

The new Emergency Preparedness Guidebook is an update to BOMA’s 2002 Emergency Preparedness Guidebook and is presented in an e-book format. It is the industry’s most up-to-date guide to help property professionals prepare for and respond to a broad range of potential threats.

Learn more about BOMA’s new Emergency Preparedness Guidebook.


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at

Courtney C. McKay
Manager of Communications & Marketing
BOMA International
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