The following information is being provided as a precautionary measure in the rare event that a bomb threat is received.
Working as a team is the best bet to obtain information about the caller and provide a safe work environment.
Bomb threats are threats usually delivered by phone but can and have been delivered via mail, notes left at the scene, e mail and even given in person.
In the majority of cases, bomb threats are designed to disrupt everyday operations and do not result in bombs being found. Some examples are testing days, graduations or other large events. Most rationale for making the threats are revenge, or the “I will make life miserable for you” scenario. However, no one can take these calls for granted and they must be taken seriously.
Historically, individuals who want to cause the most damage do not make pre warning notifications so as to ensure a greater damage from the device.
Attached to this procedure is a bomb threat work sheet or checklist. It will give you lists of things to listen for when conversing with the caller. The longer you are able to keep the caller on the phone the more information you will obtain and the more you will find out about the caller. Generally, the call only lasts about 10 to 15 seconds unless you keep them on the phone
Security will arrive after Melbourne Police are notified. A search will ensue in and around the area. At this time a determination will be made to evacuate the area.
Should an evacuation be ordered, all occupants should meet outside and stand no closer than 300 feet from the building (A football field away). When the building is cleared, officers will advise you that it is ok to reenter the building.
Public awareness of the existence of mail bombs has increased. Mail room personnel and Material handling personnel at Receiving should be cognizant of the types of mail normally received and be aware of the following: