Evacuation Distances. Occupants should be evacuated to an area at least 100 meters away from the
threatened area. This distance takes into account the force of items like propane bottles, natural gas
lines, or welding equipment that would contribute to the explosive force of a bomb within a facility. It
should be emphasized that this is a minimal distance. Greater distances would provide added safety.
In any case, evacuees should be instructed to take cover and shelter from possible fragmentation.
Methods of Evacuation. Depending on the mission of the facility, it may be necessary to use different
methods of evacuation. A partial evacuation is one such method. Evacuation of adjacent areas first as
described above is another. Some areas where partial evacuation may be necessary are:
o Special weapons areas.
o Classified storage areas.
Partial evacuation will involve risks. There are no guarantees as to what damage will occur if a device
should detonate. If a device is actually found, total evacuation is more desirable than partial
Part E: DISCUSS SEARCH PROCEDURES
The search for explosive devices is one of the most important actions involved in the bomb-threat
Except for the most unusual circumstances, EOD and Military Police will NOT be used to search for
reported bombs in barracks, community areas, buildings, and offices. Such searches will be conducted
by designated persons familiar with the area and its contents. Also, occupants will search their own
work areas with designated search teams.
Buildings must be inspected on a regular basis. This will reduce the possibility of an explosive or
incendiary device being placed. It will also minimize the time required for the search after a threat has
been received. Periodic inspections will reveal hiding places for bombs, possible targets, and building
weaknesses. The inspector will become so familiar with his area that he should notice any new or
strange item at once. The inspector should be the supervisor in his area or a member of a
predesignated search team.
There are three groups of persons who may be considered to serve as members of the search team.
They are building supervisors, building occupants, and special search teams. Of the three, the
specially trained search teams are