Public Safety Partnerships
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District partners with local and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and the fear of crime while improving the quality of life for those who live, work and visit downtown.
Through this partnership, the downtown area which was once described as “dull, dirty and dangerous” has been transformed into a remarkable and safe urban experience.
The Property Managers’ Safety Alliance Council meets monthly to discuss crime trends and prevention. It addresses immediate concerns in a timely fashion while looking at predictive strategies to develop long-term solutions.
The DowntownDC BID also offers Lobby Day Fairs for properties that provide personal safety information for its tenants. Collaborating with the Metropolitan Police Department, our SAMs provide public safety materials and discussions on personal protection plans.
Homeland Security & Preparedness
During an emergency, whether an act of terrorism or natural disaster, people who have received basic training are more resilient and likely to carry on.
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is developing a series of projects and programs to ensure better preparedness for Downtown property managers and tenants including:
- Training for SAMs: Basic training will allow the BID’s SAM Team to assist emergency responders and serve as a “force multiplier” in the event of an emergency. CERT training for the SAMs has provided basic knowledge about fire safety, hazardous material and terrorist incidents, disaster medical operations, and search and rescue efforts.
- Training for property managers: Property managers are key to accessing the 180,000 employees located in the BID area.
- Employee preparedness events and lobby days. The BID will promote employee preparedness using FEMA’s Ready Campaign guidelines and provide a forum where employees can engage and ask questions. Furthermore, property and security managers will have training opportunities using table-top and field exercises facilitated by the BID.
- BID emergency preparedness brochure. The recently published a basic guide that will be distributed throughout the BID area. The brochure provides information about actions to take during different types of emergencies, identifies items to have in an emergency supply kit, lists contact numbers for D.C. services, and offers ways to learn more detailed information.
- Continuity of operations training. Working jointly with HSEMA, the BID will train property managers to produce a continuity of operations plan, detailing how their businesses or buildings should continue to operate in the event of an emergency.
- Fire safety inspection checklist. The BID has developed a self-assessment checklist approved by D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services which outlines areas that property managers should inspect to ensure their buildings are safe and meet D.C. Fire Code.
- Vulnerability assessments. The BID will help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conduct vulnerability assessments in focused areas of Downtown where businesses and properties have unique needs and circumstances.
- Defibrillators. The BID assessed the locations of all publicly accessible automated external defibrillator, or AED, units in the BID area. Recommendations were made to address gaps in coverage because the likelihood of someone surviving a cardiac arrest decreases 10 percent every minute. Identifying and improving AED access in the BID area can have a significant impact during a medical emergency.