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Bangkok

​REAL ESTATE: The need for emergency escalation plan is heightened

With political unrests that have repeatedly taken place in the city, the need for an efficient emergency plan is heightened


Typically, property developments in Bangkok have an emergency plan to cover different unexpected incidents such as fires, earthquakes and terrorism. With political unrests that have repeatedly taken place in the city, the need for an efficient emergency plan is heightened, according to Mrs. Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of an international property services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle.

“Though current anti-government protests are aimed at occupying certain areas of Bangkok only and are not expected to become as severe as the 2010 riots, owners of property developments, particularly those that are located in or near the protest areas, should ensure that they have an emergency escalation plan anyway,” said Mrs. Suphin.

The emergency escalation plan typically includes provisions of water supply and fuel for emergency power generators. Emergency power supply in particular must be provided at an adequate level to ensure not only that the buildings could still operate but also that IT servers of tenants within the buildings would not be affected. Provisions of food for on-site building management team are also necessary in case access to the property is blocked or needs to be blocked.

The plan also covers effective communications. This will ensure that the building management staff understand and are clear about what actions to take in different scenarios, who to contact for help if needed and how to keep all parties updated of the developing situation, whether they are building owners, tenants or relevant authorities. 

In addition, many companies occupying space in an office building may have their own business continuity plan (BCP) to ensure continuing operations under adverse conditions such as political unrests. To ensure an efficient implementation of the occupiers’ BCP and the landlords’ emergency plan, both parties must work closely together.

“Even if there were no political unrests, property developments would need proactive property strategies anyway. A comprehensive emergency plan is one of those strategies that could help minimize risks or losses from any unexpected incidents,” Mrs. Suphin concluded.

Jones Lang LaSalle is the largest international property services firm with over 1,330 real estate professionals and over 5 million square meters of property and corporate facilities managed.