City Prepared in Response
to Boston Marathon Tragedy
April 16, 2013
Since the tragic incident yesterday at the Boston Marathon, the City of Tallahassee has been in close contact with the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and local response agencies.
This morning, Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson met with key City emergency response personnel, as is standard practice after any national crisis. The briefing included an overview of emergency response plans and activities to help ensure continued safety within the local community.
"We take seriously our role in keeping the community safe and have trained professionals within City government whose job it is to plan ahead and prepare for these types of incidents every day," said Favors Thompson. "Our staff has extensive training in emergency response not only within the government, but we also work closely with other law enforcement agencies, area hospitals, emergency medical services, our local school system and universities and service agencies.”
"On behalf of the Tallahassee City Commission, we extend our condolences to the families of the victims and support to the runners and citizens of Boston. We are relieved that the Tallahassee runners taking part in the marathon are safe," said Mayor John Marks.
The City has reviewed the myriad of events planned for this week and weekend, as well as security plans and protocols.
"While we don't have any information that would cause us to be concerned in Tallahassee, we are clearly all in a heightened state of vigilance," said Deputy Police Chief Cheryl Stewart. "We also want to remind our citizens of our ongoing request that if you see something, say something and do something. If anything looks suspicious to you, we want you to contact the Tallahassee Police Department."
The Tallahassee Regional Airport remains in contact with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and is monitoring the situation.
Deputy Police Chief Cheryl Stewart, 891-4255 or 556-1726; or Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager, 891-8200