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Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:22

City Implements Emergency Access Plan

Written by  Janette Ballman

Business owners in St. Louis, Mo., can now benefit from a business emergency access plan approved for the city. The plan allows individuals, who complete a credentials program, early access to their facilities following a disaster or business interruption. The credentialing procedure was approved by Col. Joseph Moekwa, chief of police, for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on Jan. 15, 2003. The approval came after more than five years of planning by a committee led by Sgt. Vincent Stehlin, St. Louis Police emergency management coordinator. “We had our ups and downs in the process,” said Stehlin. “When we began the process we had virtually no support other than the committee members. While we are still open to suggestions on improving the business emergency access plan, we have it in place at this time.” The credentialing procedure will allow members of the business community to access their facilities to perform basic restoration activities