WORK: Bomb Scares

Subject: WORK: Bomb Scares
From: Documania <dcma -at- MAIL1 -dot- NAI -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 20:11:49 -0500

Forgive the cross posting, but I wanted to get as broad a response as
possible to this one.

Has anyone worked at a company that has received bomb scares?

I am presently at a very pleasant long-term assignment that is allowing me
to, simultaneously, have a steady paycheck, shuffle my schedule to take
short-term freelance jobs, plus all the time off I need for personal
activities. The people are great, the work is pleasant, the company -- an
insurance company the size of a small city -- is strange and a bit scary
but the amenities compensate. I have the assignment until I use up a
1,000-hour budget, which, at half time, will not occur for a while yet.

HOWEVER: In the past four months we have twice been evacuated for bomb scares!

This disturbs me. Is it something I should take seriously? -- like, get out
of there ASAP? Are bomb scares merely contemporary practical jokes, and
what we should be worried about are the people who _don't_ phone in their
threat? Does anyone have real-world experience with this subject?

I welcome any anecdotes or advice. Please contact me off-list if you feel
this is irrelevant to writing or editing (but it _is_ relevant to today's
workplace, so perhaps we should all tune in). Listowner input welcome on
this aspect, as well.

Carolyn Haley
dcma -at- ct1 -dot- nai -dot- net

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