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City 'Prepared' In Response To Boston Marathon Tragedy

By: Matt Galka; City of Tallahassee Email
By: Matt Galka; City of Tallahassee Email
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The images and sounds of a terrible day in Boston are no less terrifying Tuesday than they were on Monday. As the fallout continues, questions like "what if that happened to me, what if that happened here?" begin to get asked.

"We continuously work on disaster management planning, and we have a disaster management planner that works for our facility full time," said Freda Lyon with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare's emergency services.

The Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Trauma Center conducts routine drills to prepare for extreme scenarios.

With hundreds of events each year including large outdoor gatherings throughout the city and county, the Tallahassee Police Department insists they would be ready for a crisis.

"When a tragedy like this occurs you are going to go back to your plans to make sure you are prepared," said Deputy Chief Cheryl Stewart.

Events like Spring Time Tallahassee draw large crowds to open spaces. TPD does not see the tragedy in Boston impacting their security measures.

"Unless we have a specific threat, we would not enhance or increase our security, but what I'd like people to know is that the citizens of Tallahassee in this community, they are as safe today as they were yesterday," said Stewart.

Leon County's Emergency Management team will wait to see what comes out of the investigation in Boston.

Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Peters told WCTV in an email that "when the situation stabilizes in Boston, the agencies involved with the response will conduct an after action review do determine what they did well and what they could have done differently. They will consolidate this information into an after action report which they can use to make updates to their plans.

We would look to that report, if and when it is shared to find out what "lessons learned" they identified, and where appropriate integrate them with our plans."


Press Release: City of Tallahassee

Since the tragic incident yesterday at the Boston Marathon, the City of Tallahassee has been in close contact with the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and local response agencies.

This morning, Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson met with key City emergency response personnel, as is standard practice after any national crisis. The briefing included an overview of emergency response plans and activities to help ensure continued safety within the local community.

"We take seriously our role in keeping the community safe and have trained professionals within City government whose job it is to plan ahead and prepare for these types of incidents every day," said Favors Thompson. "Our staff has extensive training in emergency response not only within the government, but we also work closely with other law enforcement agencies, area hospitals, emergency medical services, our local school system and universities and service agencies.”

"On behalf of the Tallahassee City Commission, we extend our condolences to the families of the victims and support to the runners and citizens of Boston. We are relieved that the Tallahassee runners taking part in the marathon are safe," said Mayor John Marks.

The City has reviewed the myriad of events planned for this week and weekend, as well as security plans and protocols.

"While we don't have any information that would cause us to be concerned in Tallahassee, we are clearly all in a heightened state of vigilance," said Deputy Police Chief Cheryl Stewart. "We also want to remind our citizens of our ongoing request that if you see something, say something and do something. If anything looks suspicious to you, we want you to contact the Tallahassee Police Department."

The Tallahassee Regional Airport remains in contact with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and is monitoring the situation.


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