Updated March 23 at 6:27pm

Downtown offices participate in ‘Operation Smart Exit’


PROVIDENCE – More than 4,000 downtown Providence office workers will take to the streets late Thursday morning for ‘Operation Smart Exit,’ an event designed to raise awareness for emergency preparedness.

The city today, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is conducting a full-scale evacuation of the largest commercial buildings downtown, led by Providence Emergency Management Agency under its Ready Providence initiative and coordinated with Rhode Island Red Cross and Rhode Island-Disaster Medical Assistance team.

The drill is being conducted during National Preparedness Month.

Workers from Providence City Hall, One Financial Plaza, 100 Westminster St., Bank of America, 20 Westminster St., Textron, Turks Head Building, GTECH Corp., One Citizens Plaza, The Federal Center, and 380 Westminster St. are expected to evacuate from their offices to rallying points in the downtown area including Kennedy Plaza.

The exercise is mean to help the businesses, as well as all who live and work in the city, increase their ability to properly respond to emergencies, as well as to inspire other businesses to plan and drill emergency evacuation to recognized standards.

The PEMA also was holding a competition during the exercise, awarding a prize to the building that had the highest percentage of employee participation. The winning building manager and three guests will be awarded an opportunity have lunch with Mayor Angel Taveras.


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