RE: Bombs in the Workplace

Subject: RE: Bombs in the Workplace
From: "Sue Ahrenhold" <SAhrenhold -at- IpdSolution -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 11:12:26 -0400

>>So, why not refer to "Corporation 'XYZ' at their widget
>>plant in southwest Scarborough"? And give the date. And
>>maybe identify the relevant police precinct.

I wouldn't. The information given in the original post is sufficiently hair-raising without any additional identifying detail.
The important thing here isn't punishing the company that did it wrong; what's fantastic about this story is that everyone survived a totally inappropriate handling of a dangerous situation, and the potential author now has the opportunity to describe what one is SUPPOSED to do.

Back in my younger days, I worked for a television network. We had a bomb policy posted on all our corporate bulletin boards, just like the Heimlich manuever.
The supervisor's comment - that we can't leave, it would take too long to restart the equipment - is why. Human nature in a crisis is not reliable. There needs to be a clear-cut policy that everyone knows about for people to follow. That way, they don't have to think. Thinking is not reliable under these circumstances.

This is why municipalities have disaster drills.

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