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FBI suggests steps toward higher security

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Building Owners and Managers Association International has devoted much of its time to developing better building security measures.

Robin White, executive vice president of the association's Portland chapter, says officials have worked closely with the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center to develop protective measures to be enacted during heightened security alerts.

Recommended measures have been distributed to building owners and managers around the world. They include:

• Considering full or partial activation of an emergency operations center

• Conducting periodic inspection of heating and cooling systems to look for irregularities

• Instituting or increasing vehicle, foot and roving security patrols

• Requiring all personnel to wear identification tags

• Restricting vehicle parking close to buildings

• Instructing people to be especially watchful for suspicious or unattended packages

• Requiring identification, sign-in and escorts for all visitors

Ñ Jim Redden