PBC Commission delays building safety discussion

Posted at 8:26 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 20:26:30-05

If a terrorist attack were to strike Palm Beach county, would we be ready?

One Palm Beach County commissioner is asking that question tonight.

Commissioner Steven Abrams is asking for an update on security at county buildings.

He says after the attacks in San Bernardino - which took place at a county building - it's better to be safe than sorry.

Commissioner Abrams says he was prepared for that important discussion at Tuesday's meeting, but several commissioners were not in attendance, so the board is holding off until everyone is present.

Even so, he says county staff is busy gathering data and research on county building security.

That report will be presented at the next meeting.

But it's not just building security - he wants to make sure that employees are prepared as well.

"I certainly want the best and the latest training to be given to our county employees so that they have piece of mind as to what they can do should, God forbid, any kind of an attack occurs," Abrams says.

Commissioner Abrams is no stranger to terrorism.

He was mayor of Boca in 2001 when they were hit by an anthrax attack.

He says it goes to show that an attack can strike anywhere, anytime.