There has been an uptick in the use of strategic mass bomb threat campaigns against critical infrastructure, according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP).
The campaigns have targeted:
- Election polling locations.
- Higher education institutions (including Historically Black Colleges and Universities).
- Medical facilities.
- Faith-based organizations (including Jewish community centers).
Resources to help you prepare and respond
The OBP has resources with best practices and threat assessment parameters to evaluate threats on a case-by-case basis, including:
- Mass Bomb Threat Postcard PDF
- An outline of the different bomb threat levels with appropriate actions to take.
- Critical information on the indicators of a bomb threat and its potential impact on an operational and psychological level.
- TRIPwire Awareness Bulletin (TAB) for Responding to Mass Bomb Threat Campaigns PDF
- Resources for a managed response to bomb threat campaigns.
These materials include both virtual and in-person training, checklists, educational videos and more.
For information about these and other resources to help stakeholders react to bomb threats or suspicious items, go to OBP's “What to Do: Bomb Threat Resources” webpage.
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: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times