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Bomb Threat Training

Has your facility ever received a bomb threat?  It is certainly a frightening experience.  The following question and answer can help you employ best practices in the event that you do.

Q: Another practice in our medical complex had a bomb threat called in. What do I need to train our staff to do if it happens here?

A: The exact course of action will depend on whether the threat is received by phone, letter, handwritten note, email, or in the form of a suspicious package. Although what to do varies by situation, in all situations, do not:

  • Use two-way radios or cellular phones, because radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb
  • Evacuate the building until after police arrive and evaluate the threat
  • Activate the fire alarm
  • Touch or move a suspicious package

The Department of Homeland Security has a good one-page document you can print out and put by each phone that receives outside calls to help staff members know what actions to take if they receive a suspicious call. It is available at http://emilms.fema.gov/is906/assets/ocso-bomb_threat_samepage-brochure.pdf

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