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On July 7th, the day of the first transit bombings in London, I went downstairs at lunch time and was surprised to see the area around the elevators in the lobby teaming with police and firefighters...
On July 7th, the day of the first transit bombings in London, I went
downstairs at lunch time and was surprised to see the area around the
elevators in the lobby teaming with police and firefighters. There was
a stretcher being pushed onto an elevator. When I got back to my desk there
was an email from HR with the heading 'possible evacuation'. The email
explained that a suspicious package had been delivered to a government office
on a floor below ours and that the matter was being taken very seriously. Police
had been called in to investigate and we should be prepared to evacuate at short
I understand your employer's desire to want to avoid panic but it seems
overly paternalistic and unwise in the Post 9/11 world.
From a business and legal standpoint, an Employer has an obligation to take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of its employees and visitors. I believe a policy that gives the employees the advance notice of a "possible emergency" better protects the health and safety of the employees.
Bottom line: Tell your employer to update its policy. Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.
Arnie Herz, Esq.
Feedback from Canary-in-the-Coal-Mine
Thank you! Your response is terrific. It does put some pressure on me to address the situation with HR but I think it's a very important cause.
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