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Business continuity updates following the Boston bombs

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Updates April 19:

'Shelter in place' order extended to ALL of Boston

State emergency management officials early Friday morning asked businesses in six cities and towns - Allston/Brighton, Cambridge, Belmont, Newton, Waltham and Watertown - to remain closed, as a manhunt continues in the area for suspects in the Marathon Monday bomb attack. Source: NEDRIX

Updates April 19:

Due to an ongoing suspect search parts of the Boston area have been locked down. Public transit systems have been closed and residents are asked to shelter in place. Local businesses are being asked not to open today. Further details on Twitter @Boston_Police

President Declares Emergency for Massachusetts
FEMA has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Massachusetts to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from explosions during the period commencing April 15 2013. More details.

Updates April 16:

Immediate impacts and updates:

  • There will be increased security and counter terrorism activity in all US major cities
  • The area around the around crime scene will be closed for the foreseeable future: Boston Police Dept
  • Boston Police Dept asking people not to congregate in large crowds
  • Initial reports claimed that mobile phone communications in the incident area were closed down to prevent any further devices from being detonated; however "officials with mobile telephone carriers Verizon and Sprint said they had received no requests from authorities to shut down service in the Boston area, contradicting earlier reports," BBC.
  • President Obama press statement warns "not to jump to conclusions" about who was behind the explosions.
  • CNN: "U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, said an unexploded device was found at a hotel on Boylston Street, and another unexploded device was found at an undisclosed location." Keating, who is a member of the House Homeland Security committee and has spoken to law enforcement sources, tells CNN's Dierdre Walsh that the incidents were a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."
  • Google has issued a 'Person Finder' to help people track down missing friends and relatives: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/
  • Red Cross Safe and Well is active. Individuals can register themselves as safe or search for loved ones at redcross.org/safeandwell
  • Boston Police Dept: Commissioner Davis, “The preliminary investigation indicates JFK incident may not have been an explosion. It may have been a fire."
  • London Marathon to review security as a result of the Boston incident: read BBC story
  • DHS: how to report suspicious activity

Boston Police Dept preliminary sitrep:

The Following Information is Preliminary:

  • At about 2:50pm, on Monday, April 15, 2013, Boston Police responded to two large explosions along the Boston Marathon route in the area of 673 Boylston Street.
  • The Boston Police Department is confirming two fatalities and over twenty injuries.
  • At about 4:12pm, the Boston Police Department responded to a 3nd explosion or fire in the area of the JFK Library in Dorchester. Officials are working to determine the nature of the incident. There are no injuries to report in connection to that incident.
  • At present, a multi-agency response including state and federal law enforcement agencies has been activated and is investigating the cause of the explosions. At this point, it is uncertain if the explosions are connected.

What Community Members Should Do:

  • Residents and visitors to the city are encouraged to stay calm.
  • Residents and visitors are asked to avoid the Copley Square area so as to allow law enforcement agencies to continue their investigation.
  • Family members looking for information relative to individuals possibly injured during the incident are encouraged to call (617) 635-4500.
  • Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously are encouraged to call the Boston Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS (8477) or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463). Individuals who may have been taking pictures or video are asked to share that information.
  • Continue to monitor BPDNews.com or @boston_police on Twitter for ongoing public safety updates.

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•Date: 15th-19th April 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Disaster recovery

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