In case of a bomb threat, the ultimate concern is for the
safety of the patients, visitors, employees and professional
1. Questions to ask caller
A. WHO is calling please?
B. WHERE is the bomb right now?
C. WHAT does the bomb look like?
D. WHEN is the bomb going to explode?
E. WHY are you trying to harm others?
2. What to do
A. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
B. Attract the attention of nearby persons to call local
law enforcement authorities.
C. Complete bomb threat record form if available to you.
D. Listen for background noise, speech patterns, any
accent which may be helpful to authorities.
3. Notify Administrator and Medical Director.
4. Secure facility from entry by unauthorized personnel.
5. If there is no procedure underway, evacuate suite
immediately. If there is a procedure underway which
prevents the immediate evacuation of all staff and
patients, anyone not critically important to completion
of the procedure should be evacuated. Then, while
awaiting stabilization of patient to allow evacuation,
staff may initiate search of facility with goal of
putting as many walls between those unable to evacuate
and the explosive device. If all persons can be
evacuated, personnel should not delay evacuation to
search for device
A. Check all closets, cupboards, toilet tanks, lockers,
storage rooms, etc.
B. Check all rooms accessible to the public. Check under
furniture, public rest rooms and all common areas.
C. In each area, designate someone familiar with an area
to perform the search. Close door when completed to
inform others the area has been searched.
6. If a suspicious object is located, DO NOT TOUCH. Close
door to the area where suspicious object is located. Put
as much room and as many closed doors between the object
and those who cannot be safely evacuated. (If it is
impossible to evacuate from the building, a minimum of
three walls from the object is advised).
7. The decision to evacuate the building will be made by the
senior medical person on site or by law enforcement
personnel; the surgeon on site has the final authority
in the on-going care of any patient(s) on the scene.
8. When safe and feasible to evacuate, close all doors to
all rooms and closets, turn off all medical gases, and
close all fire doors prior to evacuation.
9. Do not re-enter the facility until authorized by
See the 'BOMB THREAT CALLER CHECKLIST' on the Forms website.
Approved By Governing Board