Col. Mark Jackson
Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Last week, law enforcement personnel responded to two telephonic bomb threats on Schofield Barracks. The first telephonic bomb threat was at Quad C, Oct. 4. The second occurred at the commissary, Oct. 6.
Both scenes were evacuated by building managers and then cleared by Military Police K-9 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel without injuries or further incidents.
We sincerely thank our military community for their patience and support. The community’s continued cooperation will help us provide responsive emergency services so critical to the security and safety of our community.
If you receive a bomb threat at your workplace stay calm and take the following steps:
Stay calm! Don’t argue with or provoke the caller.
Immediately call 911 and give as much detailed information as you possibly can to include your location (address, building number and room number) and the reported location of the device.
Repeat the caller’s threat to include timelines, deadlines, demands and reasons for the threat as outlined by the caller. Provide other details based on the conversation, such as gender, clear or disguised voice, and tone and tenor of the message.
If the threat is received over a phone with caller ID, provide the caller’s name and phone number.
If the threat is received in person, don’t attempt to confront the individual. Do everything you can to safely separate yourself from the individual and call 911.
Provide a detailed physical description of the individual and a description of the location where the interaction took place.
Provide a good secondary contact number to the 911 operator in the event that you are disconnected or need to evacuate the area.
Please don’t hang up until the dispatcher is finished, as he or she will have additional questions and instructions for you.
Immediately notify your managers; managers will provide guidance for an orderly evacuation to a safe and secure location. Always follow the instructions given by emergency responders.
As you exit your building/location, look around your area to identify anything out of the ordinary, such as suspicious objects or packages. Your awareness and information is vital to a safe, secure and timely response.
Once you reach a safe location, take accountability of your co-workers. If anyone is missing immediately inform law enforcement personnel.
Don’t attempt to re-enter the area until law enforcement personnel tell you it is clear and safe to return.
Remember, stay calm. A safe and rapid response is only possible with your full cooperation and patience.
Trick-or-Treating hours are from 5:30-9 p.m., Oct. 31, within all of the installation housing areas. The Directorate of Emergency Services will allocate additional personnel to support the community. They will conduct patrols and hand out glow lights to children to ensure safety.
Tripler Army Medical Center and U.S. Army Heath Clinic-Schofield Barracks Radiology departments will provide candy X-ray services on Halloween night.
Families wishing to have their treats examined should report to the TAMC Radiology reception area, 3G, mountainside, or USAHC-SB Radiology, Bldg. 685, first floor, 7-9 p.m. For details, please call Radiology at 433-6669/8355.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children websites have safety tips for Halloween.
Key to a successful evening Halloween
Use a trusted adult escort with a flashlight as well as reflective items on the child’s costume or in-hand;
Walk on sidewalks, when possible, and cross the street at corners or crosswalks;
Don’t eat the treats on-the-go; inspect the contents of the trick-or-treat bag when everyone gets home; and
Finally, drivers should be extra cautious when traversing housing areas on Halloween night. Drive slowly and maintain 360-degree awareness. Stay off the cell phone.
Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii community — our Soldiers, our families and our facilities — is safe and secure.
(Editor’s note: Jackson is also the commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.)