Montgomery Place on alert during this time of COVID-19 and unrest
Dear Friends and Family,
Local media has been showing protest activity in the Hyde Park area. Much of this activity has occurred north and west of Montgomery Place, in the retail districts and downtown area of Hyde Park. At this writing, all is safe at Montgomery Place.
In the late afternoon hours, front desk and security staff asked residents to remain on property and inside. Our security staff took precautions to secure the front entrance and close all blinds and curtains on the first floor. The security team also relocated its workstation out-of-sight, away from the front entrance windows. All of these steps are a precaution to protect our residents and employees.
We do not anticipate any problems at our building. It seems the protests are centering on retail locations and major intersections. Staff members are on alert and in communication with our leadership team.
These protests and disruptions are expected to continue for several days in Chicago. It is unclear how they may affect our daily lives at Montgomery Place. For example, staff members may be challenged in traveling safely to and from work; scheduled physician appointments may be rescheduled; and deliveries may be delayed. Please bear with us as we address these challenges in the coming days.
Disaster planning is part of leadership in healthcare. We create plans for various possibilities so we are ready for most events that can impact our daily operations.
Along with every other leader in the country, I must admit I never expected to have to deal with two concurrent disasters we face today.
For reopening since the onset of COVID-19, we have a good plan, and our recovery is slowly moving forward. But city-wide demonstrations, lootings and riots were not even a consideration. Now that they are here, we will use what we have learned responding to the virus to formalize our disaster preparedness plans just in case we have to deal with a situation like this again in the future.
Tonight, let’s rest (hopefully peacefully). Tomorrow, let’s get involved.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can answer any questions or be of further assistance. Call my mobile phone number, 773-617-1317, at any time.
Vigilance and preparedness strengthen our community.