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  • September 05, 2018 3:53 PM | Anonymous
    What is NFPA 3000? 
    An "Active Threat" National Standard 

    By: Michael D. Guzan, M.B.A./J.D., Director of Compliance and Audit, MidCo Inc.

    I've been asked several times, during my tenure on the Emergency Preparedness Committee, if there is a "comprehensive national standard" for what is now correctly referred to as "Active Threat" response, covering pre-incident planning and mitigation, all the way through an incident to post-incident recovery. Until recently, my answer was somewhat mixed, referencing FEMA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sources, along with several others, but always feeling as if those were all "just short" of a truly comprehensive "playbook." 

    On May 1st, 2018, the NFPA released such a standard, NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. 

    Terminology: Active Shooter vs. Active Threat
    For the last twenty years or so, as workplace and school violence incidents garnered more and more media exposure, those incidents often involved the use of firearms by the perpetrators, and the term "Active Shooter" was used to describe the incident and/or assailant(s).

     However, in the past several years, mass casualty incidents have seen a rise in the use of tools other than firearms. Vehicle-ramming, knife attacks, explosives, as well as the use of chemical and biological agents has led to a change in terminology, using "Active Threat" to cover a variety of mass casualty scenarios.

    Why the Lack of a National Standard?
    The question then arises why there was no prior national standard; why hadn't a Federal Government agency provided one? In my opinion, it was a mix of a lack of a clear mandate for any one agency to undertake such a task, competing agency interests, and just plain old "bureaucratic red tape."

     A few simple examples can help illustrate the point. The FBI is responsible for investigating and solving crimes, not directly promulgating standards. OSHA is responsible for workplace safety standards, but may otherwise not take a comprehensive approach to mass casualty incidents, which would require coordinating law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, and post-incident recovery measures. FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security provide invaluable resources regarding Active Threat incidents, but may not deeply address topics such as "Hospital Preparedness" or post-incident victim assistance, such as mental health counseling or "Monetary Donation Management."

    Enter the NFPA. Who is the NFPA?
    Better known for fire safety codes, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards.

    Why the NFPA?
    After the Pulse Nightclub massacre in June of 2016, Chief Otto Drozd of Orange County Fire in Florida requested that NFPA develop a standard to help authorities come together and create a well-defined, cohesive plan that works to minimize harm and maximize resiliency. NFPA responded by establishing the NFPA Technical Committee on Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response. In mid-April, NFPA 3000 was issued by the NFPA Standards Council, making it the first consensus document related to active shooter and hostile events. 

    The 46-member Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 3000 is NFPA's largest startup Committee, to date, with representation from law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical services, hospitals, emergency management, private security, private business, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice, and many more. Committee members provided job-specific insight and real world observations from mass killings at Mandalay Bay Resort, Pulse Nightclub, Sandy Hook Elementary, the Sikh Temple, the Boston Marathon, and other less publicized events.

    Some have asked why NFPA would be the organization to develop an active shooter standard. "For more than a century, NFPA has facilitated a respected consensus process that has produced some of the most widely used codes and standards in the world including more than 100 that impact first responders. Our purview goes far beyond our fire safety efforts as evidenced by our ongoing work to address new hazards with professionals in public safety, emergency management, community risk, electrical services, the energy sector, engineering, the chemical and industrial industries, healthcare, manufacturing, research, the government, and the built environment. The recent increase in active shooter incidents and the fire service involvement in them warranted NFPA's standards development expertise, and the timely development of NFPA 3000," NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley said.

    NFPA 3000: The Standard
    NFPA 3000 marks only the second time in NFPA's 122-year history that they have issued a provisional standard. Provisional standards are developed in an expedited process to address an emergency situation or other special circumstance.

    The scope of this standard is limited to the necessary functions and actions related to preparedness, response, and recovery from an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER). This standard applies to any community, authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), facility, and member of any organization who responds to or prepares for ASHER incidents.

    The standard was written with all responders in mind, regardless of whether they are from large or small organizations, municipal or rural communities; all were well-represented by the vast number and diversity of the committee members. Active shooter and hostile events are dynamic and have not been prejudice to a jurisdiction's size or complexity. 

    NFPA 3000 helps entire communities organize, manage, communicate, and sustain an active shooter/hostile event preparedness, response, and recovery program; really all aspects of the process, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery.

    Read NFPA 300 here: NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program.

    The Takeaways
    In addition to offering NFPA 3000 via a new digital subscription - which will be updated automatically when the next edition becomes available - NFPA is offering an Online Training Series (the first of three courses are available now); a downloadable checklist; a readiness assessment document; and fact sheet to learn more about establishing a proactive, collaborative active shooter/hostile event program. Learn more about the program. 

    The true takeaway, however, is to just start - start educating yourself and your staff by taking advantage of the tremendous depth of resources available. While NFPA 3000 strives to set the national standard, other resources should be reviewed and incorporated, where appropriate. Continue to utilize the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the FBI and Secret Service resources, in addition to State of Illinois and County resources. The more comprehensive, the better!

    About the Author: Michael Guzan is the Director of Compliance and Audit for MidCo Inc. He earned a joint MBA/Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago in 2003. Michael is the Chair of BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Emergency Preparedness Committee and the current Treasurer for the Chicago Chapter of ASIS International, and is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations. Michael can be reached at

  • August 31, 2018 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    On Friday, August 31, Board member Kim DeFily, RPA, met with Laura Deibel and volunteers of the 2018 charity Waifs & Strays Animal Rescue at the Natural Pet Market in Wheaton. There, she presented them with a check in the amount of $3,600. The donation amount was collected at BOMA's 2018 Day at the Races event from our very generous ticket auction and centerpiece drawing participants. 

    Pictured left to right: Laurie Brown (holding Chica), Chris Gustaitis, Kim DeFily, RPA, Laura Deibel, Mike Neyman, Gary Mussell (holding Safari)

  • July 31, 2018 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    As of July 27, the Coalition of Window Cleaners and SEIU Local 1 have reached an agreement and the work stoppage is over. According to the SEIU Local 1, “the agreement guarantees annual raises, brings window washers to a $26 base wage over the life of the five-year contract-representing a historic 27 percent wage hike- and doubles their life insurance from $50,000 to $100,000.”

    The SEIU Local 1 window washers’ contract expired June 30. The employees wanted the new contract to reflect fair compensation for the dangerous work they carry out, especially during hazardous weather conditions. The higher wages and life insurance policy provide workers with the ease of mind that if there is a work related injury or death that their family will be taken care of.

    The Coalition wishes to thank BOMA/Suburban Chicago and its members for their support throughout the negotiations and especially this past month during the work stoppage. Every employer is anxious to get back to work doing what they do best – serving their customers and the industry. They are excited to be back and will be seeing your members next week again earning their business and trust.

  • July 19, 2018 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    The annual Day at the Races event will be held on Friday, August 17 at Arlington International Racecourse. Attend this networking event for live horse racing, food, prizes, contests, and more. This is BOMA's hottest summer event - you don't want to miss it! 

    In order to keep this well-attended event fun and exciting for all attendees, we are asking for your support with two items during the event:

    1. Ticket Auction: We are in need of sporting event tickets, theater tickets, $100 gift cards, gift items, or monetary donations (which will be used to purchase items for the auction). One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Ticket Auction will go to our 2018 charity: Waifs & Strays Animal Rescue
    2. Second Chance Sweepstakes: The Second Chance Sweepstakes allows attendees to submit their non-winning betting vouchers into a drawing for a chance to win a prize. Prizes with a value of $25 are needed. These can be gift cards, logo items, or anything you can think of! Remember to attach your business card to each one so the recipient knows who donated them.

    To donate, contact Linda Hallberg with the quantity and the description of the item(s). 

    Please act now! The deadline to submit Ticket Auction or Second Chance Sweepstakes items is Wednesday, August 8. Your donations will be gratefully acknowledged both the day of the event and in our publications. 

  • June 11, 2018 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Gain recognition with other BOMA members and contribute to our hottest networking event of the summer. Sponsorships to the Day at the Races include:

    • Company name and logo displayed on TV screens during event
    • Company name in Weekly Connections every week - the sooner you sign up, the more exposure you get! 
    • Company name on signage displayed at the event
    • Company name listed in the program book
    • Verbal recognition during the event
    • Company name in FOCUS Newsletter
    • Participation points counting toward your annual membership dues

    Sign up to sponsor the Day at the Races today!

    Contact Linda Hallberg with any questions about sponsorships. 

  • April 12, 2018 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago is proud to announce that FOUR of our member buildings have won the 2018 Regional TOBY Award! Please help us congratulate the management teams of Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC, Millbrook Properties, and NAI Hiffman for their outstanding achievement! View Press Release

    Management teams were notified last week with a surprise visit from members of the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Awards & Recognition Committee and BOMA staff.  

    Regional award recipients will now proceed to the International competition where winners will be announced live on June 26 at the TOBY Awards Program and Banquet at the BOMA International 2018 Conference & EXPO in San Antonio, TX. 

    The 2018 Regional TOBY Award winners from BOMA/Suburban Chicago are: 

    In the Suburban Office Park - Mid-Rise Category:
    Arboretum Lakes in Lisle
    Managed and owned by Millbrook Properties

    Left to right: Rick Barnett, Director of Engineering; Karen Boyd, Assistant General Manager; Stacey Delgado, Tenant Service Coordinator; Javier Rosado, Building Engineer; Mary Rakowski, Property Administrator; Tim Julien, Building Engineer; Dan Ryan, General Manager; Jonathan Nootens, Apprentice Engineer 

    In the 100,000 to 249,999 Square Feet Category:
    Edens in Northbrook
    Managed by NAI Hiffman 
    Owned by KBS Realty Advisors


    Left to right: Elizabeth O'Connor, Property Manager; Tom Murphy, Vice President/General Manager; Lynn Zbierski, Property Assistant; Rudy Ricardo, Building Engineer

    In the Suburban Office Park Low-Rise Category: 
    Naperville Woods Office Center in Naperville
    Managed by NAI Hiffman
    Owned by Agellan Commercial REIT

    Left to right: Scott Wilson, Chief Engineer; Julie Lee, Senior Property Manager; Stephanie Kressaty, Building Concierge; Jennifer Lewand, Assistant Property Manager; John Willis, Building Engineer; Tom Murphy, Vice President/General Manager; Dan M., Security Officer 

    In the 250,000 to 499,999 Square Feet Category:
    Windy Point II in Schaumburg
    Managed and owned by Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC

    Left to right: Karen MacNab, Office Administrator; Juan Morales, Day Porter; Heather Weber, Tenant Service Coordinator; David Badame, Building Engineer; Doug Algrim, Chief Building Engineer, Christopher Schmitt, Property Manager 

  • March 01, 2018 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Enroll in the Home Depot Rebate Program today! It doesn't cost you anything to enroll and you could earn big through this member benefit just by making regular purchases throughout the year. The new rebate period begins March 1st so now is a great time to enroll to maximize your rebate

    BOMA members participating in a national rebate incentive program with The Home Depot have earned more than $10 million in rebates to date - more than $3 million in 2016 alone! You can earn money back on your purchases, too. The Home Depot rebate program offers BOMA members a two percent annual rebate on all qualifying in-store and online pre-tax purchases of thousands of products in Paint, Janitorial, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical and more, plus other special savings and services, such as dedicated support, delivery, competitive pricing, and volume discounts.

    There is no cost to enroll in the program. Rebates are distributed annually at the end of the rebate period and annual purchases must total a minimum of $25,000 to qualify. This program is for commercial accounts only and is open to all BOMA members, including associate members.  

    Enroll now and start earning money on your company's Home Depot purchases. Be sure to enter the program code BOMAwhen you register. If you are already enrolled in the program, be sure your account and payment information is up-to-date so that you don't miss out on any savings or rebates.

    To enroll in the program, visit:

    See the Enrollment Guide for more information. 

    1. Click "Sign Up" to create your FREE account.
    2. Complete the registration by selecting "Get Started" to load payment type.
    3. Select service level and enter your payment information.
    4. Select "Yes" and add agreement code BOMA.

    Be sure to enter the program code BOMA when you register. Once you enroll, you'll be able to manage your account, add new accounts, add new users, and check your account status. 

    For assistance, call 866.333.3551. Be sure to mention BOMA. Enroll today, and start earning money on your company's Home Depot purchases!

  • February 27, 2018 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    From People's Choice to Best Old Hollywood Theme, and attendee prizes galore, be sure to visit our 2018 EXPO webpage at to check out everyone who won awards and prizes at the 2018 EXPO. 

    And be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, February 21, 2019 for the 2019 EXPO, which will be held at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. We can't wait to see you there! 

  • February 13, 2018 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Mark your calendars for the 2018 BOMA/Suburban Chicago Golf Outing!
    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Cantigny Golf Club
    27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton

    This year's theme: BOMA's Luau at the Links

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Sponsorships are currently available for purchase. Exclusively available for BOMA Members.

    Be among the first to reserve your sponsorship for the 2018 Golf Outing. Boost your visibility with other BOMA members and help ensure that this outing is a fun and worthwhile experience for everyone in attendance. Don't delay; sponsorships for the Golf Outing sell out fast. 

    Sign up to Sponsor Today!

    Sponsors may incorporate "BOMA's Luau at the Links" theme into their attire or decorations at their sponsored spot on the course. Get creative and wear your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts while decorating with bamboo, Tiki torches, hibiscus flowers, Tiki masks, and flower leis. Get a head start in planning how you'll incorporate this fun, Hawaiian theme with your Golf Outing sponsorship.  


    All Sponsors will be recognized in FOCUS, the bimonthly newsletter of BOMA/Suburban Chicago. All food and drink giveaways must be purchased through Cantigny Golf. All alcoholic beverages must be served by Cantigny personnel (additional $100 fee to Cantigny required). Sponsorships do not include entry to the lunch buffet or dinner reception unless specified in description. 

    For questions about golf sponsorships, please contact Linda Hallberg

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!

    Event Sponsor: Painters USA, Inc.
    Gold Sponsor: Tovar Snow Professionals
    Silver Sponsor: Stried Painting, Inc. 

    Luncheon Sponsor: ABM Onsite Services
    Reception Sponsors: Perfection Cleaning & Restoration, Inc., Security Partners International, Inc., and  Tovar Snow Professionals
    Bar Sponsor: RAPCO Asphalt Maintenance
    Hole-in-One Sponsors: Landscape Concepts Management and Hard Surface Solutions, inc.
    Hole Sponsors: Allegiant Fire Protection, LLC, Automated Logic, CSR Roofing Contractors, Inc. Everest Snow Management, Premier Security, and Rabine Paving
    Course Refreshment Sponsors: Balanced Environments, Inc. and M&J Asphalt Paving Co., Inc.
    Photography Sponsors: Clarion Construction, Inc. and Everest Snow Management, Inc.
    Great Weather Sponsor: J.C. Restoration, Inc. 
    Mai Tai Bar Sponsor: Gasaway Maintenance Co. 

    Golf Foursomes:
    Golf invitations will be sent in April.  More information to come. 

  • January 24, 2018 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to the Event Sponsors who are supporting our Bowling Event and the Associate Members who have already offered prize donations. However, we need more prize donations to ensure even more bowlers go home winners! BOMA/Suburban Chicago is calling on you to donate prizes for this SOLD OUT event. We are requesting a value of $10 (or more): gift cards, logo items, goodie bags, gift items, wine... be creative. Contributors receive recognition on signage at the event and in FOCUS Newsletter! 

    Please contact Linda Hallberg with the quantity and description of your donation. Then send the item(s) to the BOMA/Suburban Chicago office by January 31 - with your business card attached to each one.

    Thank you for your support!

BOMA/Suburban Chicago
1515 E. Woodfield Rd, Suite 110
Schaumburg IL 60173

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