Bomb Threat at Effingham Hospital

As reported in Savannah Now, there was a bomb threat Monday at Effingham Hospital, located in Springfield, Georgia.  According to the article, all patients were transported to a nearby nursing facility and all staff and visitors were evacuated.  The call was received at 2:30pm and the all-clear was given shortly after 4:00pm.

Bomb Threat Drills

Our Circulation staff are going through a series of bomb threat drills in order to improve response.  Here’s a message from our Circulation supervisor summarizing this past weekend’s activities:

Starting this past weekend we’ve been running table top bomb threat drills in the Circulation department. And I have to say the results have been very mixed and highly instructive.

 The biggest thing the drills have been pointing out is our need to continue running drills.  It provides good one-on-one opportunities to see how desk staff would react to an unexpected phone call with a bomb threat at the other end.

Basically the drill runs like this:  I phone in (from a phone other than my cell phone) and say:  “Ok…this is your bomb threat drill.  What would you do if I phoned in and said the following…”  and then we proceeded to run the bomb threat interview.

At the end of the phone call we’d review what happened and discuss what we’d do differently.

The results?  Well, let’s just say we’ll be running the drills a little longer to give everyone a chance to learn to improve their bomb threat response skills.

So circ staff…. beware… when you least suspect it that phone is going to ring and there will be another drill coming your way. 

RCMP Bomb Threat Procedures

Here’s a link to bomb threat procedures provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).  I particularly like the idea of devising a hand signal to your supervisor that a bomb threat has been received.

“Using a pre-arranged signal, notify your supervisor while the call is still ongoing. Your supervisor should contact the local police service.”

Bomb Threat

Here’s a message from a member of our weekend Circulation staff about an incident that took place last night.  It was an opportunity for us to brush up on our Bomb Threat and Suspicious Behavior procedures.

Hospital Security stopped by the Circulation Desk, and asked that we be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior, or any patron out of the ordinary. The Emergency Room has received a recent bomb threat. There was no request to alert patrons or evacuate, but rather to keep a lookout for anything/anyone unusual, and call them if such criteria was observed.