Post-Chelsea bombing check-in: Safety tips and other city-living reminders for the near future

By Virginia K. Smith  | September 19, 2016 - 11:47AM

Most of us in NYC are edgily getting back to business as usual after bombings over the weekend in Chelsea and New Jersey, though not exactly helped by this morning's emergency alert, which is already drawing criticism for needlessly riling up the city without providing many details. First things first, the suspect, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, whom authorities were searching for in connection with the weekend bombings, is now in custody

In the interest of staying safe and informed, now and in the future, here's everything you need to know right now about this weekend's events:

If you're interested in getting more information about how your co-op, condo, or rental building can set up an emergency plan, read our recent article on building safety. If you have doormen, here's one crucial piece of advice from Howard Rothchild, president of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, who spoke at a safety seminar we covered in June: "The cliche of the sleeping doorman might have been okay 30 years ago, but it's not now. Doormen provide the first line of security and should know what to do in any emergency, whether it's weather, fire, or terror." So now might be a good time to revisit protocol and staff training with your building management. 

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