bomb threat assessment
just this easy!
Anyone, with a quarter to make a telephone call, can
disrupt the operations of business, government, schools
or any other facility. The use of explosives or the threat
to use explosives is becoming more prevalent.
bomb threat contingency Information such as a description of the There are three factors that must be
planning device, the exact location, the time it is addressed in order to respond safely
The protection of life and property is to function, the reason it was placed, and efficiently to any critical incident,
the responsibility of law enforcement or a genuine concern for life, may be namely: policy, procedures and
agencies and the communities which provided; the more information, the physical security. Police are tasked
they serve. greater the likelihood that an explosive with investigating the bomb threat and
device has been placed. responding to any suspicious packages
Keeping this in mind, the purpose or explosive devices, as these result
of this document is to assist you in Example: directly from criminal activity.
preparing a contingency plan for “There is a bomb in locker #54 at
reacting effectively to a bomb threat. Searching a building as a result of a
the bus station; it is set to go off bomb threat is a “victim” respons-
This document will examine: at 2:30 p.m. Get everybody out! ibility; searching should be carried out
I am serious! Call the police and by trained personnel only.
the threat and its assessment; have them shut down the traffic on
proper search procedures; Queen St. in front of the station. In every corporation, educational
evacuation; and, There’s a suitcase full of dynamite facility, health care centre, government
the response to suspicious in the locker and I don’t want office or business facility, there
packages. anybody to get hurt.” should be someone tasked with the
responsibility of preparing plans for
Bomb threats are delivered in a variety
every emergency condition including
of forms, but the most common threat
non-speciFic threat bomb threats. The following elements
is delivered by telephone in a direct call
The caller wants to create an should be considered for responding to
or left on voice mail or a fax machine.
atmosphere of anxiety and panic which bomb threats:
Basically, there are two types of calls,
each with a different purpose: will possibly result in the disruption
of normal activities at the location to
which the threat is directed. For more inFormation on
This occurs when the caller has definite Generally, the caller provides no this subject, please contact:
knowledge or states that an explosive specific information other than the
or incendiary device has been placed at threat itself. peel regional police
the target area and wants to minimize crime prevention services
personal injury; the caller may be the 7750 Hurontario Street
person who made the device, placed “There’s a bomb in the school!”
the device or became aware of specific L6V 3W6
details. In addition, the caller may be Tel. 905-453-2121 ext. 4021
providing this information as a result In either case, there is a responsibility Fax 905-456-6106
of a device that has failed to function to react effectively to these threats.
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ReVISed – May 2008
bomb threat assessment Fact sheet
Develop a company policy If a caller provides specific details as to the location of the explosive device,
with clear levels of authority then the initial search should entail a cursory examination of the target area,
and responsibility. with an evacuation plan effected as soon as a package is located. Police should
be notified immediately utilizing the 9-1-1 emergency number. If the threat is not
Develop procedures for
specific, police should be notified, but the search procedures should be enacted
responding to these
immediately using the team approach. In most jurisdictions the police response
will be in the investigative mode.
Select and train personnel to
perform specific tasks such
as searching and evacuating preventive measures
people. Protective security measures should be designed to prevent bombing incidents.
Experience has shown that not only will such measures mitigate the effects
Establish evacuation of bombing incidents, but will also reduce the frequency of bomb threats. In
centres. conclusion, three issues must always be considered in your contingency plan:
Provide annual exercises
to tes t th e p o licy an d Building Security
procedures. Personnel Security
Set guidelines for handling Preventive Education
responding to bomb notes
In the event a bomb threat is received,
there are basically three alternatives:
Ignore the threat,
Search the premises, or
Evacuate the premises only
after the evacuation route has
been searched and secured.
The most efficient method of searching
is to have people familiar with the area
undertake a search of that area for any
suspicious or unusual items. Areas of
public access such as reception areas,
washrooms, entrances, exits, etc.
should be searched first. Remember,
these are usually the evacuation
routes also; never evacuate without
The team search is the safest, and most
thorough technique for bomb searches.
Team members must be familiar with
search techniques, descriptions of
explosives and improvised explosive
devices. A well-trained search team information for the preparation of this document was obtained from a
should be able to search any premise variety of sources, including the experience of the peel regional police.
in less than one hour; any longer should you require additional information, you may contact the explosives
search usually becomes ineffective. disposal unit at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3690. evaluation of your policy and
The critical issue to an effective search procedures can be provided, as well as training in threat assessment,
centres around good “housekeeping” search procedures and responding to suspicious packages.
practices and a secure premise.