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City of Chicago Partnerships
Emergency Notifications

Best Practices Library

City of Chicago Partnerships

BOMA/Chicago has been recognized by local and federal agencies as a key player in a productive and successful partner in the public-private partnership that exists with the City of Chicago’s emergency management agencies. Today BOMA/Chicago serves on the Chicago Public Private Task Force (CPPTF) which meets regularly with senior officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and other public agencies, as well as private sector counterparts representing retail, financial, educational, and residential and the hospitality segments of the Central Business District.

Additionally, the City of Chicago maintains a number of agencies that respond and provide relief and recovery to emergencies and disasters.  The Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) coordinates emergency operations among all City agencies and partners with other public agencies and the private sector. City Departments involved in public safety are listed in the Resources section below.

Emergency Notification Resources

Building Members are encouraged to subscribe to the following emergency notification services to receive timely and accurate emergency information on everything from weather related emergencies to traffic alerts.

Notify Chicago
Notify Chicago is a city service that provides residents with text messages, and/or e-mail alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations taking place throughout Chicago. Participants receive up-to-date information on everything from weather-related emergencies to traffic alerts.

Register for Notify Chicago

CP3 Mass Alert System
Chicago's Public and Private Partnership (CP3) initiative is a result of the City of Chicago's desire to strengthen partnerships with the private sector. All of our building members should register as CP3 partner which supports two-way communications with first responders. Building information, such as floor plans and photos, can be uploaded and accessed by first responders, saving them time and providing them with critical information as they respond to an emergency. Registration is as simple as completing the registration application. In order to maintain the security of this portal, all users undergo a vetting process. 

Register for CP3.

Enter your phone and zip code with Nixle to receive text alerts from local agencies about severe weather, criminal activities, severe traffic, missing persons and local events in your area. For free service, sign up as a "resident." 

Register for Nixle.

National Weather Service
Get National Weather Service (NWS) weather alerts via AccuWeather. 

Register for National Weather Service

Remember to update your information regularly with updated staff information after subscribing. 

Preparedness Best Practices

The Preparedness Best Practices Library, updated in July of 2018, provides property management teams with a wide range of security documents that would transition well into the policy and procedure work already completed. Each document addresses a security or life safety situation commonly faced in commercial office buildings that can be considered when drafting site-specific response plans. Each can be customized depending on the characteristics and circumstances of an individual building. BOMA/Chicago members can find updated best practices information and options to consider on the following events:

The documents in the best practices library were developed by members of BOMA/Chicago's Emergency Preparedness Committee. 

The best practice measures are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute any set standard, guideline or code.  They are offered as possible options to consider when developing response measures to issues in a commercial office building.  When developing response measures, there are many variables to consider, such as building setup and size, staffing makeup, shift, time of day, etc.  The purpose of these measures are to provide general information to those persons responsible for developing site specific response measures, but they do not constitute any set policy or procedure – again, they are practices that can be considered when drafting site specific response plans.