Hotel attack raises terrorism security issue - again
JW Marriott posted this statement on its Web site:
"On August 5th at approximately 12:30 p.m. (local Jakarta time), an explosion occurred near the entrance of the JW Marriott in Jakarta, Indonesia.
"The hotel was immediately evacuated and is currently closed. We are working closely with authorities and have relocated our guests to a neighboring hotel. A list of employees and registered guests staying in the hotel has been assembled, and an employee assistance center has been established on site.
"Two hotel security guards were killed in the explosion. 147 people were taken to local hospitals, including three registered guests and eight hotel employees (one employee has been released). The hotel had approximately 270 guests and 642 employees. Marriott has accounted for all employees and is in the process of contacting all registered guests.
"Security is always a priority at our hotels around the world. We regularly assess and adjust our security measures on a regional and local basis and at this time we are reviewing the need for any additional precautions."
According to the Society of Human Resource Management, Marriott responded to the car bombing using an emergency plan they updated after the September 11 tragedy.
One year after the September 11 attacks, SHRM surveyed human resource professionals to see if organizations, such as Marriott, updated or created new disaster plans.
The survey found 53 percent of organizations reported having a disaster plan in place on September 11, 2001.
Of those organizations that had a plan in place, 61 percent updated the plan within one year following the attack.
Of those organizations that did not have a disaster plan in place, 33 percent reported creating a plan within the following year.
SHRM has compiled a toolkit of resources ranging from advice from the Department of Homeland Security to white papers on the important role management plays in emergency response and access to emergency resources - www.shrm.org/hrtools/toolkits/emergencyresponse.asp.