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16. BOMB THREAT PROCEDURES A bomb threat could be written, recorded or communicated verbally. Most bomb threats, however, are delivered by telephone. Generally, a bomb threat call is made for one of two reasons: 1. The caller knows or believes an explosive or incendiary device has been, or will be placed and wants to minimize personal injuries and/or property damage (the caller may or may not be the person who placed the device). 2. The caller wants to disrupt normal activities by creating anxiety and panic. Response of Staff Receiving a Bomb Threat Phone Call: The call recipient must remember to do many things, all of which will aid in the search for the device and provide authorities with as much information as possible for their later investigation. A copy of the Bomb Threat Telephone form should be kept by every phone to guide the call recipient (see next page). When a bomb threat call is received, remain calm and be courteous. Listen and do not interrupt the caller. Follow the questions on the Bomb Threat Telephone form. Immediately following the call, initiate call trace by dialing *57. Notify school Principal/Vice-Principal immediately. School Response: Call 911 for police assistance. (Report the threat from a different telephone line.) Principal/Vice-Principal, with assistance of police, to assess level of threat by specificity of information: • How much time do you have to make your decision to evacuate or not? • Do you have time to wait for the police to arrive? • Can the students remain in the classrooms while a reasonable search is made? If high risk – immediate evacuation If low risk – conduct Security Drill (see next page) The police advise that the more specific the information and/or the location of a package, raises the risk of a bomb threat. Principal/Vice-Principal contacts the District Switchboard at 604-517-6240. The information will be relayed to the Superintendent or designate. Principal/Vice-Principal requests all staff to conduct Security Drill immediately. Principal/Vice-Principal/Custodian search common areas and ‘unused’/empty classrooms. All teaching/support staff are asked to conduct search of immediate and/or assigned areas. 16. BOMB THREAT PROCEDURES (cont’d) Security Drill: A “Security Drill” command is issued by the Principal/Vice-Principal to request staff to search their rooms for suspicious packages after a bomb threat has been received. Principal/Vice-Principal/Custodian search common areas and ‘unused’/empty classrooms. All staff are asked to conduct a search of immediate and/or assigned areas. Search Guidelines: Search your immediate or assigned areas. Search all unlocked cupboards, drawers, shelving and flooring. Do not touch any suspicious objects. Report any suspicious packages to Principal/Vice-Principal immediately. Staff member sees suspicious package: • Staff moves his/her students to a safe area and assigns supervision of students to a staff • Staff member immediately and personally reports package details to Principal/Vice-Principal. Principal/Vice-Principal assess suspicious package information, and • order immediate evacuation based on verbal report of staff member, or • Principal/Vice-Principal personally investigate and assess package. If package suspicious – enact immediate evacuation by Fire Alarm and call 911 (if emergency services not on site). OR Initiate evacuation by PA announcement: • “Security Evacuation immediately. Avoid the following areas… [name specific area(s) of danger]. Then sound Fire Alarm Students/staff evacuate school with immediately retrievable personal belongings and marshal according to usual procedures or specific directions announced on PA. Do not allow students to go to their lockers. Post Event – it is advised that School Administrators take appropriate steps to communicate key details of the bomb threat event to school staff, students and parents at the earliest possible time. BOMB THREAT TELEPHONE RECORDING FORM Date: _____________________ Name: _______________________________________ Position: _________________________________ Phone: _______________________ Call Recipient: Be courteous and calm Do not interrupt the caller. Obtain as much information as you can. Notify the Principal/Vice-Principal and/or other staff by pre-arranged signal when caller is on the line. Time of the call. _________ am pm Time the call was terminated. __________ am pm Exact words of the caller, if possible. Questions to Ask: What time is the bomb set to explode? __________ am pm Where is the bomb located? ___________ Floor? ___________ Area? ____________ Is it in the Open? Concealed? Disguised? What kind of bomb is it? __________________________________________________ What does it look like? ____________________________________________________ Why was it placed in the school? ____________________________________________ How did it get in the school? _______________________________________________ Where are you calling from? _______________________________________________ What is your name? ______________________________________________________ Description of Caller: Is the caller: Male Female Child Youth Adult Calm Frightened Does the caller speak with an accent? No Yes What type? _________________ Does the caller use slang expressions? No Yes What are they? _________________________________________________________ Does the caller sound articulate/educated? No Yes Is there background noise? No Yes What does it sound like? __________________________________________________ Note any other clues.
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