Friday, October 6, 2017

Moscow faces 130 fake bomb calls, evacuates 100,000 people

130 fake bomb threat calls must have been received by people not trained to deal with them. To plant that many bombs in one day would be amazing, and very hard to believe. Handling bomb threat calls requires training, and a protocol to deal with them. But to act on 130 fake calls really shows poor administrative oversight. Part of a bomb class CTI will teach for ESI at the end of the month deals with how to handle and evaluate bomb threats. In the USA over 90% plus are fake, and the real number is in the 99% factor. In fact responding to these threats has led to as many injuries as the number of people hurt by the bombs left by bombers that have called in threats, which is close to zero. But people spraining ankles and knees falling down stairs while evacuating is pretty common. Heart attacks are also a common factor when evacuating from bomb threats. This is not counting the money and business lost during evacuations. Still, people have sued businesses and facilities, when then learn of a bomb threat and no evacuation was called. Walking this thin line requires training based on studying past threats.
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