Bombs and Bomb Threats

LETTER AND PACKAGE BOMBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

Typical characteristics of a mail or package bomb.

  1. Feel and Balance. Letters that feel rigid, appear uneven or lopsided, or are bulkier than normal. Is there any springiness or undue pressure that can be felt through the package. Contents of parcel make a sloshing sound. WARNING - EXAMINE MAIL GENTLY!
  2. Foreign Packages. If the item is from another country, ask yourself if it's expected. Do you have relatives or friends traveling? Did you buy something from business associates, charitable or religious groups, international organizations, etc.?
  3. Place of Origin. Is it a familiar one? Note the delivery postmark.
  4. Unrequested Deliveries. Is correspondence from the sender expected? Do the characteristics of the envelope or package resemble the expected contents? The addressee normally doesn't receive personal mail at the office.
  5. Unusual addressing or Delivery Instructions. There are unusually restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "Private." Unprofessionally wrapped parcel is endorsed "Fragile-Handle with Care" or "Rush-Do not Delay." Name and title of addressee aren't accurate. The sender is unknown. There's no return address.
  6. Smell. Mailing emits a peculiar odor. There's a smell of almonds or marzipan or any other strange smell coming from the package or letter.
  7. Sender's Writing. Any mail should be treated with caution if it features a foreign style of writing, not normally received, on the address. This goes along with the Place of Origin.
  8. Protruding Wires. Are there any protruding wires, tinfoil, or strings present.
  9. Suspicious packaging. Wrapping exhibits previous use such as traces of glue, mailing labels, return addresses or tape. The parcel is secured with several types of tape. Outer container is shaped irregular or asymmetric or has soft spots or bulges. Use of excessive amount of postage stamps.
  10. Sound. If there's any unusual sound or noise coming from the package such as a buzzing or ticking noise, the package should be treated with caution.

If a package exhibits any of these warning clues, you must follow these procedures.

If the suspicious package has not been touched.

  • If a suspicious delivery is spotted, do not touch it, and don't allow anyone else to touch it.
  • Evacuate the room. If the device appears to be very large, surrounding rooms should also be evacuated.
  • During evacuation, leave doors and windows open, to reduce any blast effects.
  • Keep people away from the area.
  • CALL PUBLIC SAFETY EMERGENCY AT 740-4321 OR POLICE EMERGENCY AT 9-1-1.
  • Do not handle the suspicious object, and do not try to carry it outside.
  • Do not place the device in water.

If an item is suspected during handling.

  • Place the suspicious item in a corner of the room, handling it very gently and making sure not to turn it over or unbalance it.
  • Make sure the device is placed away from windows, and that the windows are open.
  • Evacuate the room, and surrounding rooms if necessary. During evacuation, leave doors and windows open.
  • Keep people away from the area.
  • CALL PUBLIC SAFETY EMERGENCY AT 740-4321 OR POLICE EMERGENCY AT 9-1-1.
  • Do not try to carry the device outside. Use procedures 1 through 5 above only.

TELEPHONE BOMB THREATS

Real or Hoax?

  • Most bomb threats are hoaxes which are made in an effort to disrupt normal business. However, no bomb threat should be dismissed as a hoax without notifying the proper authorities immediately.

    Upon receiving a telephone bomb threat it is important to notify your immediate supervisor and the Department of Public Safety as soon as the caller hangs up.

    If you are working at a facility outside the USC response area, notify the local police at 9-1-1.

  • Rule Number One - Be Calm. Be Courteous. Listen, do not interrupt the caller.
  • Date:Time:
  • Exact words of person calling:

QUESTIONS TO ASK:

  1. When is the bomb going to explode?
  2. Where is the bomb right now?
  3. What kind of bomb is it?
  4. What does it look like?
  5. Why did you place the bomb?

Try to determine the following (circle as appropriate):

Caller's
Identity:
Male Female Adult Juvenile Age
Voice: Loud Soft High-pitched Deep Other
  Intoxicated        
Accent: Local Foreign Region   Description
Speech: Fast Slow Distorted    
  Stutter Slurred Nasal    
Language: Excellent Good Fair Poor Other
  Foul        
Manner: Calm Angry Rational Irrational Coherent
  Incoherent Deliberate Emotional Righteous Laughing
Background
Noises:
Office
Machines
Factory
Machines
Bedlam Trains Animals
  Music Voices Airplanes Street Traffic
  Mixed Party     Other

 

Additional Information:

Immediately after the call, notify your supervisor and Public Safety. Do not talk to anyone unless instructed to do so by your supervisor or Public Safety.

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