(3) The first sweep of the room includes a check of all objects from
the floor to waist level. Include items built into the wall. This sweep
will require the most time and effort, because it includes almost all items
of furniture, and areas underneath rugs.
(4) The second sweep, in most cases, will include all items from
waist to ceiling.
Under some conditions, certain area may be left for a
These include false ceiling spaces, heating ducts, and
(5) The room search is ended only when the person in charge is
satisfied that an adequate search has been made.
Remember the searcher
should never say, "There is no bomb".
He should only say, "No bomb was
a. During evacuation, route people through the most public areas of the
building (corridors and stairwells). Extreme CAUTION must be exercised to
insure an orderly evacuation, since these are also the areas most likely to
contain an explosive or incendiary device.
b. Set up routes and priorities based on the type of building and the
location of people within.
Assign and train persons to act as guides.
These will lead the evacuation and control the people during exit.
c. Routes and priorities will also depend on the type of building and
the location of people in relation to the area where the bomb is.
multistory buildings, rooms on floors above the danger point and immediately
below should be evacuated first; also, on the same floor, evacuate three
rooms away on all sides.
d. Before giving the order to evacuate, the CO should consider the
(1) The caller - what did he say?
Did the caller sound serious in
(2) Has this been a recurring thing?
(4) Is it possible that this call was brought about by news reports
of other calls?
(5) Will immediate evacuation of the premises expose personnel to
(6) What is the size of the building; how many people are involved?