Bomb Threats and Physical Security Planning   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This pamphlet is designed to help both the public and private sectors to prepare for the potential threat of explosives-related violence. While the ideas set forth are applicable in most cases, they are intended only as a guide. The ultimate determination of how to handle a bomb threat must be made by the individual responsible for the threatened facility. The information provided is compiled from a wide range of sources, including the actual experiences of special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Several recommendations serve as guides to help prepare for a bomb or a bomb threat: (1) develop a bomb incident plan and (2) draw upon any expertise from police department, government agencies, and security specialist. Moreover, the author places an emphasis on being prepared and not leaving anything to chance. Items and topics in this document include: Bombs, Bomb Threats, Security against Bomb Incidents, Responding to Bomb Threats, ATF Bomb Threat Checklist, Decision Time, Evacuation, Search Teams, Search techniques, Suspicious Object Located, and the Handling of the News Media."

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ATF P 7550.2
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