A bomb can look like ANYTHING. Look for things that are out of place or that do not belong in an area. Be suspicious of unattended bags/ briefcases; boxes left in strange places, etc.
If you find a suspected bomb: DO NOT TOUCH IT. Notify 911 via land line.
Types of Threats
- Threats made in Person
- Notice and be able to recall physical characteristics of the person making the threat
- Remember what the person sounded like
- Make note of their actions
- Make note of what the suspect was carrying and anything that they left behind.
- Written Materials- if a bomb threat is received in writing it should be kept including any envelope or other container.
- Unnecessary handling must be avoided and every possible effort must be made to retain possible evidence such as fingerprints, hand writing, paper and postmarks
- Make note of the information on the Bomb Threat Check List.
- Threats made by Phone *The person receiving the call should not disconnect the caller and should try to find out the information required on the Bomb Threat Check List. Report details immediately to Security and Emergency Services. In the event of a threat:
- Take every threat seriously
- More dangerous if the caller gives you an amount of time to respond between the threat and reported detonation time.
- The caller gives a reason for the bomb.
- Most threats occur during work hours and are intended to disrupt businesses.
- Most callers do not want anyone to be hurt, they may give you time to evacuate.
BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST
- Document the Exact Wording of the Threat:
- Threat Language
- Well spoken:
- Message red by caller:
- Suspect’s Voice
- Any impediment (specify}:
- Voice (loud, soft, etc.):
- Diction (clear, muffled):
- Manner (calm, emotional, etc):
- Did you recognize the voice?
- If so, who do you think it was?
- Was the caller familiar with the area?
- Background Noises
- Street Noises:
- House Noises:
- Sex of Suspect:
- Estimated age:
- Cali details
- Date of the calls:
- Time of the calls:
- Duration of the calls:
- Number called:
- Person taking the call:
- Questions to ask
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where did you put the bomb?
- When did you put it there?
- What does the bomb look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will make the bomb explode?
- Did you place the bomb?
- Why did you place the bomb?
- What is your name?
- Where are you?
- What is your address?
- Consider all threats to be real.
- Notify the fire and police department; 911, via land line. DO NOT use the radio or cell phone. Some explosive devices can be detonated by radio frequencies.
- Call your supervisor I manager.
- Provide clear, concise and accurate information
- Name and Occupation
- Type of Threat: Suspected Bomb
- Location of suspected bomb
- Information from the Bomb Threat Check List
- Information on any found device
Remember, security officers are not bomb experts. Evacuation should be ordered by the police department, fire department, or the owner of the property/client.
All information should be kept confidential. Refer requests for Information from the public, media or client to your supervisor.
Building Evacuation- Determine if your supervisor/client has an evacuation plan that explains who will decide to evaluate and how the evacuation will be carried out. If an evacuation is called for: safety first; avoid causing a panic; remain calm, people rushing to exist can cause injuries and complicate the scenario. Follow the directions of the police and the fire departments if they are on the scene. Evacuate Everyone!
Direct help for handicapped persons, and ask evacuees if anyone was left behind. Evacuate persons 1,000-2,000 feet from the building with the bomb site, out of the elements. Avoid evacuating to a parking lot, if possible.
Bomb Search Priorities
Most bombs are placed on the outside of the threat location. In the last ten years approximately 10, 000 bombs detonated. Eighty percent of those went off outside the building’s perimeter. 18% of the bombs were detonated in public areas. A potential target is the area where the sign or logo identifies the company that has been threatened. Response
When something suspicious is found: do not touch the device or packaging. Do not use a radio or a cell phone. Observe people in the crowd. (The bomber may be watching). Look for suspicious people in the area.
Terrorist– Can look like ANYBODY
Ted Kaczynski-The Unabomber
Three-decade-long bombing campaign that killed three and injured 23 people. He used a variety of pipe bombs in packages, bags, as well as strange looking devices.
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab- Underwear Bomber
Suspect in the failed 2009 Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner carrying 290 people. He detonated the bomb, causing a fire on board flight 253.” Luckily, the device failed to fully detonate.
suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing May 2010. This bomb also failed to detonate. Thankfully street vendors noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and contacted the authorities.
Terrorist will use ANY device (bomb or otherwise) in order to instill terror in others. Always be aware of your surroundings and follow the proper procedures necessary to insure the safety of everyone.