Explosions can be caused by industrial accidents, infrastructure failure, and terrorist attacks. By preparing for all North Texas hazards, you will also be preparing for explosive blasts.
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 windows, glass doors, or other potentially hazardous areas.
- Move away from sidewalks or streets to be used by emergency officials or others still exiting the building.
If You were Trapped in Debris
- If possible, use a flashlight or whistle to signal rescuers.
- Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
- Avoid unnecessary movement so you don’t kick up dust.
- Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of 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.)
If You Receive a Telephoned Bomb Threat
- Get as much information from the caller as possible.
- Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said and the manner in which it was spoken (calm, angry, crying, disguised, etc.).
- Try to pick up on any background noises on the caller’s end, such as factory noise, traffic, music, PA systems, etc.
- Immediately notify the police and building management.
Try to Ask the Following Questions of the Caller
- When and where is the bomb going to explode?
- What does it look like?
- Did you place the bomb? Why?
- What is your name?