Bomb Threat! The words alone make people nervous. This is a normal reaction largely brought on by a lack of knowledge regarding bomb threats. A bomb threat involves the unknown and people are apprehensive when dealing with the unknown. The lack of knowledge and associated fear are largely due to a lack of proper preparation.
The number of annual bomb threats in the US is unknown as there is no legal requirement to report a bomb threat. Some organizations actually play down bomb threat response to minimize any possible negative publicity regarding the company. This shows a complete lack of preparation and dramatically increases liability for the organization. According to the US Bomb Data Center, there 2772 bomb incidents in 2007, the last year with complete data currently available, resulting in sixty injuries and fifteen fatalities. That number includes actual bombings, attempted bombings, incendiary bombings, stolen explosives and other incident types. This works out to over fifty (50) incidents per week, and that number doesn’t include bomb threats.
Bomb Threat Preparation
BPS has conducted bomb threat preparation and response planning for entities ranging from educational facilities to private industry to public infrastructure. BPS utilizes assessment and response considerations covering industry best practices from many government / private security organizations including but not limited to:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- US Secret Service
- United States Postal Inspection Service
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
- United States Marshal Service
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- ASIS International
- International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
- American Chemistry Council (ACC)
- American Petroleum Institute (API)
We will teach you how evaluate the authenticity of a bomb threat – one of the essential challenges to meet when you have received a bomb threat.
Bomb Threat Response
The development of a bomb threat response plan consists of much more than calling 9-1-1. A well thought out response plan takes in to consideration a detailed assessment of the threat and multiple response scenarios. A well thought out and prepared bomb threat response plan should include sufficient information so that any member of the response team could assume incident command if necessary until the proper response organization can assume control.