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Terrorism Quick Reference Guide


If you receive a telephone bomb threat:

  • Get as much information from the caller as possible.
  • Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said.
  • Notify the police and the building management

If there is an explosion:

  • Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways. As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris.
  • Leave the building as quickly as possible. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.
  • Do not use elevators.

Once you are out:

  • Do not stand in front of the windows, glass doors, or other potentially hazardous areas.
  • Move away from sidewalks or streets to be used by emergency officials or others still existing in the building.

If you are trapped in debris:

  • If possible, use a flashlight to signal your location to rescuers. Do not use a match.
  • Avoid unnecessary moment so you don’t kick up dust.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand (Dense-weave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
  • If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers.
  • Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.