On May 20th and 21st, the City of Chicago will serve as the host for the 2012 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, one of the most important diplomatic conferences of this year. Chicago is the first US city outside of Washington, D.C. to host the summit, which will bring thousands of dignitaries, government officials, and journalists together for two days of meetings and related events.
Last October, we wrote about how Gary Schenkel, the Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), met with local building managers at a BOMA/Chicago meeting to help them prepare their properties for potential security threats at the summit.
At the meeting, BOMA/Chicago also stressed the importance of effective crisis communication, adding that “in the next few months, buildings should update tenant contact information and consider registering for emergency notification services, including BOMA/Chicago’s Send Word Now system.”
With the NATO summit just around the corner, BOMA is once again gearing up for the event by reminding its members to register with Send Word Now. During the NATO Summit, BOMA/Chicago writes in its most recent newsletter, the organization “will be using the Send Word Now (SWN) system to relay critical information and updates to each building’s managers, security director, and engineer.” We are proud to support the security efforts of so many Chicago businesses, and wish everyone a successful summit!