Magazine article Personnel Journal

After Oklahoma City, Employers Wonder What to Do Next

Magazine article Personnel Journal

After Oklahoma City, Employers Wonder What to Do Next

Article excerpt

IMAGINE YOUR OFFICE BEING USED AS A MORGUE. THAT'S what employees who work at the Oklahoma City post office across from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building experienced in the days following the bombing on April 19. While those postal employees--and employees all over Oklahoma City--are trying to put the pieces of their jobs and personal lives back together, employers across the country are asking, "Am I next?" and, "How can I prepare?"

"There's a fear among employers that there will be a copycat who will try to replicate the same kind of destruction," says Mary Vasquez, president of VMC Behavioral Healthcare Services located in Gurnee, Illinois. VMC provided EAP services to more than 5,000 federal employees in Oklahoma City after the bombing. In fact, following the disaster, several federal buildings in Oklahoma and elsewhere received bomb threats and had to be evacuated.

"If anything good came out of the [Oklahoma City] incident, it's the heightened concern by employers," says Jurg W. …

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