Check out this email I received from our director of public safety at OHSU, Gary G.
>>> Gary Granger 1/13/2005 4:38:43 PM >>>
Local activists are planning a large day of protests and direct action (that means illegal activity) on inauguration day, Thursday, January 20, 2005. I've attached some PDF files copied from the IndyMedia site that provide many of the details.
In short, there are the following key risk factors for OHSU:
1. There is a substantial chance that traffic through the Downtown area will be disrupted before, during, and after the published time on the 20th, potentially causing delays for employees, patients, and emergency vehicle traffic.
2. There is a chance of mass casualties if protests turn violent. Since the action plan on the web explicitly calls for "direct action," the chance of this is high.
3. The Crown Plaza building is a focal point of the planned march and the advertised starting point for "unpermitted marches" and "assorted Direct Actions." If this happens as planned, it is almost certain that our staff will not be able to enter or leave the Crown Plaza facilities for several hours around this time. It is also possible that protestor actions could include throwing things into the windows of the building at ground level. I will work directly with Gary Kemp on some contingency plans related to my role. I urge the ITG group to try and minimize the need for staff in the facility to the lowest possible level and to make contingency plans related to this event.
4. Our construction cranes offer extremely attractive targets for use as "billboards" for the activists. By way of example, an environmental group occupied and hung a banner from a construction crane in Seattle, Washington, last year in an action completely unrelated to the construction project itself. The disruption and cost to the project, however, was substantial due to construction delays, re-certification of the crane, etc.
I have spoken with members of the JTTF in Portland and am told that they are planning for one of the largest activist event Portland has seen in years. The good news is they are planning for "the worst." The bad news is there will likely be problems.
If your operations may be impacted by this event, please take the appropriate actions and precautions. Here are a couple of specific areas/ideas:
1. Hospital: consider planning options for casualties from protest related activity, problems with ambulance traffic, alternate routes for employees to use coming to work, activating incident command with a "skeleton crew" that afternoon in case it is needed.
2. Ambulatory: consider possible delays to patients trying to access us from Downtown, including the freeway exits that may route people through the proposed route.
3. Logistics: consider routes you may use and the protest areas.
4. ITG plan to have limited or no access to Crown Plaza for several hours. Plan for dealing with broken windows and similar damage in the area.
Please contact me with questions or for additional planning.
Gary D. Granger
Director of Public Safety
Oregon Health & Science University
3310 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, Oregon 97239-2940
24-hour Phone: (503) 494-7744
Fax: (503) 494-4839
Remeber kids, don't disappoint Gary!