Relating Ghostbusters to Bomb Threat Checklists

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There’s a scene from “Ghostbusters” in which Harold Ramis’s character, Dr. Egon Spengler, is asked what he likes to do in his free time. He responds, “I collect stereotypical-bombspores, molds and fungus.” I sometimes feel a bit like Spengler, except I collect Bomb Threat Checklists, Active Shooter procedures and Severe Weather instructions.

Every time I read a Bomb Threat Checklist I look for some new aspect which improves upon every other Bomb Threat Checklist that I’ve read. I have, by the way, the single greatest Bomb Threat Checklist. It’s from the New York Police Department. If you want it, just email me at [email protected]

Here are Bomb Threat Checklist tips:

  • Your Bomb Threat Checklist should have a section for vocal characteristics.
  • Your Bomb Threat Checklist should have a section for background noises.
  • Your Bomb Threat Checklist should follow your Suspicious Package content.
  • Don’t assume that the bomb threat is coming over the phone. It could be via email or other means.
  • If someone calls in a bomb threat, try to keep them on the phone as long as possible. If they hang up, don’t hang up. Remaining on the line can make it easier for law enforcement officials to trace the call.

If you have any questions about your emergency response plan I’ll be happy to help. Meantime, I’ll keep collecting leading emergency response procedures.

Republished with permission of Scott Cohen

Scott is the CEO of Wellspring Info.scott cohen

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