The response to a terrorism event will depend on the nature of the event. We will follow the direction of the authorities and will either evacuate or Shelter-in-Place.
Evacuation - in this situation, we will evacuate floor by floor to minimize congestion in the stairwells and expedite egress from the garage. Employees should be prepared for this option by keeping a comfortable pair of shoes and any other items they may need should they need to evacuate the District on foot.
Shelter-in-Place - in this situation, employees should exit exterior offices (closing window blinds and office doors behind them) and report to the suite’s designated safe area. Employees should be prepared for this option by having an overnight bag with any items they may need to stay in place for an extended period of time. These would include:
- Change of clothes
- Pillow, blanket, etc
Please note that in a Shelter-in-Place scenario, the building will be locked down and no one will be permitted to enter the building! Those employees who wish to leave will have to leave on foot – the garage will remain closed for everyone’s safety – through a designated exit on the lower lobby level.
We strongly recommend that each firm create an internal Shelter-in-Place program designating safe areas, a communication plan and other contingencies in the event we must stay on site for an extended period of time.