Scenario 2: An explosion at a nearby chemical plant releases deadly toxins
Segment 1: An explosion occurs at a chemical plant two miles from headquarters. Local news media are reporting that an undetermined number of the chemical company's employees have been injured or killed, and officials are trying to determine to what extent deadly toxins have been released into the air. No one is sure what caused the blast.
Segment 2: Area hospitals are crowded with people reporting breathing difficulties, and public health officials are encouraging people all over the city to "shelter in place" as a precaution. Headquarters is currently upwind of the explosion. The company needs to decide what to tell its employees to do but isn't sure whether it has the legal right to tell people not to leave. People are speculating that terrorists caused the explosion.
Segment 3: The company tells employees not to leave the building, but many do anyway, saying that they don't trust what they're hearing and that they need to get home and take care of their families. The security guards at the front door also want to know what to tell people on the street who want to take shelter in the company's lobby. The cafeteria reports that it has already sold out of lunches.
Segment 4: The immediate danger passes, and authorities say the explosion was an accident. Several employees have been hospitalized, and others are upset that the company cafeteria did not have more supplies on hand.
Based on a suggestion by Mike Paszynsky, director of corporate security at PSE&G, a Fortune 500 public utility based in Newark, N.J.