What to Do When You Get a Bomb Threat


Of late, there’s been much media coverage of bomb threats to schools and religious organizations. Since September 11th, this form of terrorism has placed any thinking individual on general alert. While the particular bomb threats may not be a sounding alarm for everyone, it pays to consider pro-activity to shield yourself and others in your domain against similar dangerous situations. Besides speaking to an experienced independent insurance agent about how to protect your business, school or commercial organization with terrorism insurance, you and your workers need education about related liability protection. Aside from the actual policy coverage, there’s a real need to familiarize yourself and fellow employees with the right procedures following a bomb threat.

Although oftentimes a warning about a bomb proves to be a fake hazard, any safety threat should be treated with the same seriousness until proven otherwise. The well-researched tips below can make a difference if and when your establishment becomes a target of such a frightening risk.

Standard Protocol for a Bomb Threat:

If you receive a telephone call warning you about an imminent bomb explosion do the following:

a) Try to keep your cool; at the very least, pretend to be calm so that the person on the other end will not detect nervousness.

b) While on the phone with the caller, gesture to another employee and write a note to summon police.

c) Talk to the caller as long as you can while asking pointed questions about his warning. Questions may include why you are being targeted, when the bomb is expected to explode, where the bomb is right now, who you are speaking with and where the caller lives.

d) Keep track of the call’s timing.

e) Make a mental note of details about the voice you are hearing. Does the caller sound like a foreigner? Is it a male or female voice? What age range would you place the caller in? Does the caller seem irate, unruffled or nervous?

f) After hanging up the phone, call emergency response immediately and request advice.

g) If the authorities do not order you to evacuate the building and you still believe you and your co-workers are in imminent danger, use your own sense and leave the property as fast as you can via the steps and not the elevator. (Elevators can get stuck – especially if any outside factors, like criminal or terrorist activity causes an electrical outage.)


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