Chapter 33:
Bomb Threat Procedures

Updated as of June 2006

A bomb threat may be received by phone, mail, or e-mail at any time. Every threat should be taken seriously and investigated immediately.

WRITTEN / MAILED THREATS

For a letter or parcel bomb, look for: excessive postage; no return address; excessive weight; incorrect titles; restrictive markings, such as “confidential” or “personal”; and/or oily stains or discoloration (see next page for additional recognition points).

Save all materials, envelopes, and containers. Avoid unnecessary handling to preserve fingerprints, handwriting, printing, postmarks, etc. Preservation of evidence is essential.

Upon receipt of a written/e-mail threat or suspicious package:

  1. Prevent anyone from handling the document or package.
  2. Save the document or package.
  3. Notify security and your suite/floor warden.
  4. Follow instructions from emergency personnel.

 


TELEPHONE THREATS

The majority of threats are communicated by the telephone. Remain calm. Write down the exact wording of the threat. Ask questions, for example:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • When was it placed on the premise?
  • Where is it right now?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why are you doing this?

Note any background sounds, the caller's voice and accent. Listen to the voice carefully to pick up any specific speech patterns. Do not put the caller on hold, and do not hang up until the caller does. Keep the caller talking as long as possible.

Upon receiving a telephone threat:

  1. Immediately notify security and your suite/floor warden.
  2. Fill out a telephone bomb threat questionnaire as soon as possible (see Bomb Threat Report Form).
  3. Follow instructions from emergency personnel.

 


IF YOU (OR A CO-WORKER) RECEIVE A BOMB THREAT

  1. Call Security. Call the Police Department at 911. Give your name, exact location, and all known facts.
  2. Insure that any conversation with the individual making the threat is documented as accurately as possible and as soon as practical. To assist the Police use the BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST (see link below).
  3. Take no chances, always evacuate, and let the professionals search the premises.

 


IF YOUR FLOOR IS AFFECTED

  • Mobilize wardens and monitors to assist with evacuation as directed by the police or other officials.
  • Individual offices, departments, etc. must be systematically contacted and advised of the situation and evacuated.
  • A quick visual search is advisable and should be accomplished by those FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA.
  • Work from the walls to the center of the room and floor to the ceiling. LOOK and LISTEN. If lights are OFF, LEAVE THEM OFF. Do this quickly, if appropriate, leaving premises as expeditiously as possible.
  • Once individual areas are secured, they should be evacuated and re-entry restricted and controlled by proper authorities. All items not carried in by arriving personnel and readily identified as inert shall be left to the proper authorities for inspection. Any and all strange or out-of-place objects should be considered ‘suspect' and handled accordingly.

 


BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST

  1. Insure that the device is not moved or covered. Notify security immediately (DO NOT use radios). Give a description of the object: size, color, markings, etc. Give a location of the object: the building, floor, room number, location within the room, and proximity to utilities.
  2. Clear the immediate area.
  3. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANYONE TOUCH, OPEN, OR IN ANY WAY HANDLE THE SUSPECTED BOMB OR DEVICE.
  4. Begin evacuation procedures. Notification should be handled in a low-key manner to help reduce the chance of panic. Leave doors and windows open to provide explosion relief (explosions will follow the path of least resistance). If there are occupants needing assistance, contact security immediately.
  5. Follow instructions and proceed to a safe refuge area.
  6. Remain in the safe refuge area.
  7. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by the authorities.
  8. Remain calm and do not spread rumors.
  9. Stay out of the way. Let the professionals do their job.


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