(Closed) Credible bomb threat

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Whaaaat? How scary!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

OMG! 

We have tornado watches going on here right now, too.

This has been a crazy world lately.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Ugh. I hope everyone has been evacuated from the building.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@hiroshymatetrastar:  Really? I would just leave.

Employers during the 9/11 disaster were telling people to stay at their desks.

If you feel pressure to stay, just tell them you’re going on a smoke break or something, I don’t care. I don’t like lying in general but it’s sure as hell worth it to potentially save your life.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@hiroshymatetrastar:  Please keep us posted once everything is all clear.  I’m sure there will be all sorts of copycat-wannabes seeking to disrupt people’s lives and businesses after this tragic and eventful week.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You haven’t been evacuated!? What? I would have left the second I heard bomb. Wow!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think you’re doing the right thing by following official instructions. Yes, on 9/11, there were bad instructions given early on — but something had already happened.

Possible (and not at all unrealistic) scenario – bomb threat called in, building evacuated, shooting spree as people are evacuating.

Evacuating when the building is on lockdown (or people are being instructed not to leave) could also cause you to be seen as a suspect, possibly go in an area that hasn’t been cleared (if there really were a bomb), you could set off a door alarm and cause a panic, etc.

I am sure this is being taken VERY seriously. I think you could actually end up in more danger by not following the safety plan they have in place. They are in place because in most cases, that is actually the safest thing to do (despite some noteable exceptions). It’s like wearing your seatbelt. That’s the safest plan in most cases, but yes, there are cases where people are injured by them.

People’s first instinct is “RUN” but that isn’t always the safest idea.

Hang in there.

 

 

 

Post # 16
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@NAvery:  Sometimes it just isn’t taken seriously. Hubris, greed and the momentum of the status-quo can all affect good jugement of the employer, in these scenarios. She didn’t say the building was on lockdown. Assuming it isn’t, I would walk out… not run. I’d rather risk being accidentally seen as the suspect than being blown up, myself. The idea that someone was out there shooting everyone that walks out…well, I wouldn’t just assume that unless I had some reason to believe it was the case.

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