Attend HX: The Marketplace’s Bomb Prevention Session
Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their hotel surroundings. But, hoteliers know that a safe feeling for both guests and employees comes from being diligent, prepared, and knowing what to look out for on a daily basis.
One HX: The Marketplace session, in particular, addresses a major topic related to hotel safety. The Bomb Prevention & Preparedness for the Hotel and Lodging Industry" session will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The session will highlight new and updated Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) products and offerings, such as the soon-to-be released Security and Resiliency Guide, the Hotel and Lodging Annex, Bombing Prevention Lanyard cards, and updates to OBP's Virtual and In-person training offerings. The OBP is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The two presenters are:
Doug DeLancey, the DHS Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Strategy, Integration and Communications Section Chief in the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), where he is responsible for the daily operation and success of policy, analysis, and stakeholder outreach efforts.
Patrick Murphy, Senior Director of Global Safety & Security Services for Marriott International Inc. His duties include the development and implementation of safety and security standards for Marriott
Bomb threats are most commonly received via phone, but are also made in person, via email, written note, or other means, according to the OBP's website (https://www.dhs.gov/obp) . Every bomb threat is unique and should be handled in the context of the facility or environment in which it occurs.
Here are some recommended procedures, from the website, in case of a bomb threat. Facility supervisors and law enforcement will be in the best position to determine the credibility of the threat. Follow these procedures:
--Notify authorities immediately:
--Notify your facility supervisor, such as a manager, operator, or administrator, or follow your facility's standard operating procedure.
--Call 911 or your local law enforcement if no facility supervisor is available.
For threats made via phone:
--Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Be polite and show interest to keep them talking.
--DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
--If possible, signal or pass a note to other staff to listen and help notify authorities.
--Write down as much information as possible—caller ID number, exact wording of threat, type of voice or behavior, etc.—that will aid investigators.
--Record the call, if possible.
According to the DHS' Bomb Threat Checklist, also found on the same website, signs of a suspicious package include: no return address, excessive postage, stain, strange odor, strange sounds, unexpected delivery, poorly handwritten, misspelled words, incorrect titles, foreign postage, and restrictive notes.
For more information and to find out how you can better protect your property, attend this session presented by Doug DeLancey and Patrick Murphy.