There needs to be a fine balance between security and ourfreedom to move about, Olson tells in an interviewafter a presentation Tuesday to BOMA Fort Worth members. He sawgovernment buildings tighten up security after the 1995 bombing ofthe federal building in Oklahoma City. Those changes stayed inplace, but never carried over to the public sector until now. "Wealways had a 'it can't happen to me mentality'...When peoplewatched TV on Sept. 11, even more so than Oklahoma City, theyrealized how vulnerable we are," he says. "Sept. 11 brought hometerrorism in a very personal way for us."

Oklahoma City represented action against the government and thusthe public at large didn't feel targeted until Sept. 11, Olsonassesses. "The difference we see now is these people (terrorists)don't distinguish." he says.

Building staffs need to know how to execute the evacuation planand mail room workers must be able to recognize a suspiciouspackage, Olson says. Employees should master escape routes. Someoneneeds to be tasked with accounting for staff. There should bedesignated holding areas and employees should be responsible for aquick search of their work areas, scanning for out-of-placepackages. The decision to evacuate rests with the building owner."We're not going to make that decision for you," Olson emphasizedto the 190 members, more than double the usual attending themonthly luncheon at the Carter-Burgess Plaza's Petroleum Club.

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