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Discovery Channel Employees Question Handling Of Evacuation

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By David Schultz

The hostage siege at the Discovery Chanel in Silver Spring, Md. ended without injury to the company's employees. But some employees say the crisis could've been handled better.

David Levy, Discovery's CEO, says the company's response was perfect.

"We executed our emergency evacuation plan flawlessly," says Levy.

But, not all of the evacuated workers agree.

One Discovery contractor, who doesn't want his name used for fear he might lose his job, says he was initially told to stay in place.

"So we stayed there for quite a while. And then finally one guy went out to check on what was going on. And then there was kind of a commotion, and that's when the evacuation order came in," he says.

And that didn't happen, the contractor says, until at least a half hour after the incident began.

However, it's tough to argue with the evacuation's end results: no injuries, no fatalities and all hostages freed within four hours.


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