Remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing
Region 2 VPP Sites:
"Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing that took the lives of 168 people, including 19 children, at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/25-years-after-oklahoma-city-bombing-041520
Since the tragedy, people have gathered each year at the site to remember those who were killed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 remembrance will be a virtual memorial - an hour-long ceremony that includes the 168 seconds of silence. https://memorialmuseum.com/events/remembrance-ceremony/
One way every workplace can remember the bombing is to review and update their emergency response plans to incorporate safety measures for collapsed structures. Rescue workers and emergency responders entering collapsed structures resulting from construction catastrophes, earthquakes, fire, and weather-related structural failures are potentially exposed to multiple hazards (including structural instability, energized electrical parts, airborne smoke and dust, hazardous materials, and bloodborne pathogens). Terrorist activity may add additional hazards such as secondary devices, follow-on attack, and residual radiological, biological, or chemical contamination.
Please see the link below for OSHA’s Structural Collapse Guide for more information:
Thank you for participating in the Voluntary Protection Program."
(Image shared from https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-146/ which can also be found by viewing the OSHA Structural Collapse Guide link above.)