HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING DISASTER MANAGEMENT

It was not that long ago that disaster management professionals handled crises primarily through landlines and press conferences. Thankfully, over the past 10 years, technology has redefined global emergency management and disaster communications. One of the first national disasters to heavily rely on technology, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was Hurricane Sandy, as users sent more than 20 million Sandy-related tweets. 

BOMA/GLA TO PARTNER WITH CITY OF L.A. TO BRING FREE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFO TO SMALL BUSINESS TENANTS

The Association has been approached by the City of L.A. Emergency Preparedness Foundation to connect them with small business tenants needing emergency planning assistance. We will assist on a pilot project in which consultants perform a walk-through of their space, assist with a short online survey, and provide a report including simple ways to improve their preparedness for the Big One, all for free. We will keep you posted on our progress.

BOMA/GLA SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE MEETS WITH LA COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICE

Jeanne O’Donnell of the LA County Office of Emergency Management (in the center of the photo, above) was the featured speaker at BOMA/GLA’s Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee last week. Ms. O’Donnell highlighted emergency preparedness programs and information for businesses. While city personnel will be the first responders, the county is responsible for all social services for residents, including first aid and health care, shelter needs, clothing and food.

L.A. FIRE DEPARTMENT RELEASES INFO ON WAREHOUSE AND ASSEMBLY AREA SAFETY

In the wake of the warehouse fire in Oakland, the Los Angeles Fire Department has written a short article on types of hazards specific to warehouses and assembly areas, and what to look for in reviewing the fire/life safety of this type of occupancy. Click here for the article

DID YOU KNOW THAT OCTOBER 20TH AT 10:20 AM IS THE GREAT SHAKEOUT?

The Great Shakeout is a worldwide emergency drill with the goal of helping people prepare their homes, workplaces, and communities for an earthquake. The Great Shakeout website (shakeout.org) has excellent information to assist you in your emergency planning and practice drills.

Click here to see a list of a few things you can do before the next quake.