At 3:05 p.m. on October 31st a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan was shot by a police officer after driving a rental truck for 17 blocks (nearly a mile) down a bike-only path in lower Manhattan. The truck crashed into nearly two dozen pedestrians and cyclists, killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others. The suspect was shouting “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for God is good. In a press conference, Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio stated that this was an act of terrorism. It is thought that the suspect acted alone, but might have carried out the attack for ISIS, as a note found inside the truck translates to “ISIS Lives Forever.” Pro-Islamic State channels have been posting commemorative photographs from the scene of the attack alongside edited images of the Statue of Liberty being blown up. There have also been leaked texts sent through a telegram messenger service between ISIS supporters joking about the low death toll and discussing how they would have taken their truck on a much larger street.
Some buildings in the immediate area were put on lockdown, however despite the attack, the Village Halloween Parade still went on. According to de Blasio, New Yorkers are trying hard to remain resilient and not let the attacks intimidate them. Acts such as this NYC terror attack are difficult to plan for, as you never know when an incident like this might occur. Buildings, businesses and schools have to be prepared on a moment’s notice to alert employees, tenants and students of incidents such as this one and ensure they are safe.
Preparing for Incidents Outside of Your Business
A common misconception about emergency preparedness is if an incident doesn’t happen directly at your business, you don’t necessarily need to be prepared for it or take action. The truth is, you do still need to be prepared. Take 9/11 for example, businesses and schools were impacted for miles. Depending on the severity of the incident, the entire city might need to be on alert. Therefore, your business should be prepared for incidents of all sizes. The NYC terror attack was not huge, but still managed to put multiple buildings on lockdown.
Emergency Notification is one of the most efficient and most effective ways to ensure that your building, business or school is prepared for not only terrorist attacks, but other incidents as well. Preparis offers an emergency notification and incident management system that allows users to quickly send out alerts to employees, tenants or students to inform them of the situation and give instructions on how to respond. In addition, Preparis’ emergency notification system also includes a two-way messaging feature which allows those who are receiving the alerts to respond indicating whether or not they are “ok” or “not ok.” This feature helps reduce stress and allows management to have a better idea of who is safe and who might need assistance.
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Another great way to prepare for incidents occurring outside of the business is to train your employees, tenants or students on what to do in the event a lock-down is necessary. Preparis offers a wide array of tabletop exercises where you can walk-through various situations to find gaps in your Emergency Action Plan (EAP) as well as interactive, online-based training to ensure that everyone at your business is knowledgeable of what to do during an emergency situation.
Click here to read Preparis’ blog, “What Does Shelter in Place Really Mean?” to learn how to not only prepare for a shelter in place situation, but ensure everyone at your business is able to effectively shelter in place during an emergency.
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