BOMA Canada Launches Pandemic Planning Guide and Information Site



    OTTAWA, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - To assist Canadian commercial real estate
companies in making pandemic planning an integral part of their disaster
preparedness plans and policies, the Building Owners and Managers Association
of Canada (BOMA Canada) and a Task Force of key industry leaders have been
proactively engaged in developing the just-released comprehensive Pandemic
Planning Guide for Commercial Buildings.
    In addition to the new Pandemic Planning Guide for Commercial Buildings,
BOMA Canada has established a publicly-accessible Pandemic Planning Site for
Canadian Commercial Real Estate, available at www.bomacanada-pandemic.ca. The
site, which contains numerous industry and government resource links, provides
a wealth of important information and will continue to be updated regularly.
The Pandemic Planning Guide for Commercial Buildings is now available for free
download from this site.
    The National Industry Pandemic Planning Task Force was struck a year ago
to formulate a common approach to public domain pandemic issues affecting
commercial buildings. Composed of senior representatives from major commercial
real estate companies across the country, as well as representation from BOMA
Canada, the group also benefited from the support of Marsh Canada as an expert
in business continuity and Dr. Donald Low, Chief of Microbiology at Mount
Sinai Hospital in Toronto, as the recognized medical expert on pandemic
issues.
    The Task Force has ably met its objective of developing a consistent
approach to mitigate the impact of a pandemic on Canada's workers. The
strategies have been compiled into a comprehensive Pandemic Planning Guide for
Commercial Buildings. This Guide, prepared in tandem with critical service
providers across the country, includes recommended procedures, public
responses and standard communication. Task Force participants and contributors
to the document are unanimous in their endorsement of the Guide as the
appropriate response plan, designed to augment individual companies' own
disaster and continuity planning. As Dr. Donald Low asserts, "The Pandemic
Planning Guide for Commercial Buildings is, in my opinion, one of the most
comprehensive and thorough approaches to emergency planning for commercial
building owners and managers alike."
    The broad range of activities undertaken by the Task Force in developing
the report included consultation with key stakeholders across the country, to
determine potential service delivery impacts on commercial building operations
and to understand tenant service expectations in the context of pandemic
planning and mitigation activities. The medical expertise provided greatly
assisted the Task Force in incorporating details on effective outbreak control
measures and tenant / employee education in pandemic situations. The due
diligence of the Task Force is reflected in both the scope and detail of the
Pandemic Planning Guide.
    BOMA Canada is committed to its leadership role as a central resource for
timely and consistent pandemic planning information for the Canadian
commercial real estate industry, serving as a central communications point for
BOMA members, the industry at large, service providers and other stakeholders
about pandemic developments of concern to the industry. In addition to BOMA
Canada's national Emergency Preparedness Task Force, the local BOMA
Associations have established their own task forces across the country, to
serve as critical links to regional and municipal authorities in major
centres, should a pandemic or other crisis occur.

    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada is the
voice of the Canadian commercial real estate industry with over 2,500 members
in regional associations across Canada. On behalf of the building owners,
managers, developers, facilities managers, asset managers, leasing agents,
brokers, and the product and service providers to over 1.9 billion square feet
of commercial real estate in Canada, BOMA Canada addresses issues of national
concern, and promotes excellence in the industry through information,
education advocacy and recognition.




For further information:

For further information: Deb Cross, CAE, Executive Vice President, BOMA
Canada, (613) 788-3787, info@bomacanada.ca; www.bomacanada-pandemic.ca;
www.bomacanada.ca

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