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City Bolsters Security Measures for City Facilities and Employees

June 24, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Over the last several months, the City of Albuquerque has been in the process of implementing multiple security measures to increase the safety of employees and the public inside all city facilities. The security measures include:

  • A mass text message system that sends emergency notifications to personal devices. The text messages will automatically be delivered to city issued cell phones, and for those that would like the notifications sent to their personal cell phones they have the capability to opt in online by submitting their information to this online form:
  • The city recently finished the procurement process to purchase the software to give the voice over instructions during an emergency situation through employee desk phones. This will serve as a facility wide emergency notification system.
  • The city is currently completing the procurement process to purchase the annunciating system to broadcast information to all general population areas in City Hall and City County Building.
  • During New Employee Orientation, which is a mandatory training for every new hire within the city, a portion of the curriculum is dedicated to emergency situations. The FBI active shooter video ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ is shown to inform employees what they should do in the event of an emergency.

These developments are in addition to the previously implemented procedures that the city has in place to protect employees and the public. Each floor of City Hall has a Floor Warden, which is a designated employee that manages others during lock down and evacuation situations and makes sure that everyone is accounted for and in a safe location.  The Floor Wardens receive training and practice during routine drills. Department Directors are also responsible for the continued routine inspections of safety measures of their department’s respective facilities.