CarolinaEast Medical Center Receives Bomb Threat

Facility managers can help in these situations by drilling staff in preparation for lockdowns.

By Jeff Wardon, Jr., Assistant Editor

Threats of violence against healthcare facilities are on the rise, with threats of bombings, shootings and swatting attempts becoming commonplace. When this happens, facilities management can help prepare staff to lock down in response and keep patients safe.  

According to CarolinaEast Health System’s Facebook post, several organizations within eastern North Carolina, including CarolinaEast Medical Center, received a bomb threat via email on October 5. The medical center did their precautionary measures while under a security alert, ending with a confirmation of safety for everyone and allowing operations to pick back up. This was not an isolated case, as other organizations such as schools and places of worship within the same area also received similar emails. No bombs were found at the other facilities, either. 

With these threats of violence against healthcare facilities occurring, things can be left in a state of disarray. This was the case for Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, where a SWAT team was dispatched to the hospital after receiving a call about bomb threats and a supposed armed gunman. Once the team arrived, however, they soon learned the threats were not credible after doing a search of the facility. 

Related Content: What to do When Swatting Happens

A facilities manager’s role in these circumstances is to assist with lockdown measures, this includes training staff members on what to do if a swatting attempt or a bomb threat occurs.  Training sessions ensure that staff know what to do when these dangerous situations arise, keeping them and patients safe from potential harm.  

Guardian Defense lists eight prerequisites for lockdown drill procedures: 

  1. Make a yearly schedule for drills. 
  2. Coordinate with law enforcement for these drills. 
  3. Start out by announcing the drills to the staff so they are aware. 
  4. Practice both lockdown and hold drills. 
  5. Try practicing the drills in different situations when the staff is ready. 
  6. Always be sure to notify law enforcement before and after the drill. 
  7. Document the details of the drill in a log. 
  8. Debrief the staff in a face-to-face meeting. 

Jeff Wardon, Jr. is the assistant editor for the facilities market. 

October 11, 2023

Topic Area: Safety

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