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Why hire an IOMI® Homeland Security-trained office mover? Chicago's Midwest Moving & Storage General Manager Tom Pera explains.
Chicago's Midwest Moving & Storage trains employees to protect office buildings with Homeland Security for Office Moves, online training from the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®).
Movers join building security team
DECEMBER 12, 2011 - Moving companies nationwide are partnering with building managers to minimize terrorist and criminal threats during office moves.

Homeland Security for Office Moves is a new 23-minute video with a final exam designed to train moving company employees to help reduce office building vulnerabilities.

“Office movers have a special responsibility to safeguard the buildings they work in and assist building security by knowing how to recognize when something isn’t right,” said Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), which developed the training.

Movers and other contractors use trucks and so do terrorists and criminals, who are a more common threat to office buildings and tenant property, and usually just walk in unchallenged.

“Burglaries of computers and other electronics from office buildings are becoming more of a problem, even with security plans and cameras in place,” said Katz. “Moving companies lining up for the training understand the importance of becoming a trusted member of the building manager's team.”

It took an international training organization and an emergency management expert to hatch the one-of-a-kind online training program to protect office buildings
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from criminals and terrorists.

Craig Millsap, a master certified emergency manager, teaches the course. Millsap is also a disaster coordinator between local, state and federal agencies for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and chief of the Bartow County Georgia Fire & Rescue. Chief Millsap oversees more than 130 employees and volunteers staffing 13 fire stations that cover an area of sprawling north metro Atlanta split by busy I-75.

According to Chief Millsap, once inside an office building, a perpetrator or creeper can steal, vandalize, or plant bombs.

For more than 15 years, Cartersville, GA-based IOMI® has trained office movers in best-practice methods for minimizing damage, disruption, and downtime.

Experts school nearly 100 CB Richard Ellis property managers from metro Washington DC in homeland security issues and avoiding building damage by contractors.
Buildings vulnerable during moves, DC metro area CBRE managers told
JUNE 12, 2008 -- CBRE property managers learned just how easy it is to enter buildings through a dock, loading area, or open door during an office move. According to homeland security expert Craig Millsap, once inside, a perpetrator can steal, vandalize, or plant bombs.

Millsap spoke at CBRE's monthly property managers' meeting for the Washington, D.C. area held at The Concourse Building in Vienna, VA.

Also on the program was Ed Katz, president of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), whose best practice methods used by IOMI® Certified Office Movers® address common problems such as damage that often occurs during an office move to doors, walls, elevators, and floors.

Millsap, a master certified emergency manager and disaster coordinator between local, state and federal agencies for the Georgia Emergency Management
Agency, also goes by chief. As head of the Bartow County Georgia Fire & Rescue, Chief Millsap oversees more than 130 employees and volunteers staffing 13 fire stations that cover an area of sprawling north metro Atlanta split by busy I-75.

Millsap cautioned attendees that buildings are more susceptible to surveillance and elicitation during an office move.

The chief demonstrated methods used by advanced IOMI® Certified Office Movers that partner with office building managers to minimize the opportunity for terrorist and criminal threats during an office move.

IOMI® is a partner in continuing education with Georgia Highlands College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, located in Cartersville.

Guest speakers for the event were sponsored by JK Moving & Storage.