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D.C. Advises Businesses on Crisis Planning

District officials have briefed businesses this week about plans to evacuate downtown Washington and urged private employers to review emergency procedures for workers and vital operations. The warnings are meant to prevent a repeat of the confusion and gridlock that paralyzed the capital after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Property owners were advised to be ready to shelter building occupants for at least four hours. They also should keep surveillance videotapes for at least 10 days and be prepared to secure ventilation systems, officials said. In addition, businesses that could fall within expanded security perimeters around places such as the White House and U.S. Capitol are bracing for the possibility that the movement of goods and employees may be interrupted for indefinite periods. Full Story

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