DRI International activated its business continuity and crisis response plans this past weekend after a bomb rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The blast occurred on West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, Sept. 17, leaving 29 people injured. DRI’s office is located on the same block.
“The bomb went off at 133 West 23rd Street, which is less than 100 feet from our office,” said DRI President Al Berman. “We’re fortunate that at the time of the bombing there were no DRI personnel in the office. Our office did not sustain any damage, our phones have been forwarded, and our data is backed up off-site and there has been no loss of data or processing capabilities.”
Berman reported that the block is “currently cordoned off so we do not have access,” but with plans enacted DRI personnel can work remotely without skipping a beat. “While we were lucky not to have any DRI employees injured, our hearts go out to the 29 victims and their families,” Berman said.
DRI staffers worked off-site on Monday, and returned to the office Tuesday.