Bombs and Unusual Packages

Bomb explosion

  • Get out of the vicinity/building as quickly and calmly as possible.
  • In the event of falling debris, shelter under a sturdy table or desk until the situation has stabilised enough for your safe passage. When safe, leave quickly, watching out for weakened floors and stairs.
  • Ensure that you are safe before trying to help others.
  • If trapped in debris, do not light a match. Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing. Rhythmically tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.

Receiving a suspicious package

Be on the alert if you receive a package from someone you don't know. Pay particular attention to any package that appears to be badly wrapped or have an unusual shape. DO NOT open the package unless you are confident that you know what it contains and who has sent it. If you are in any way suspicious:

  • Leave the package where it is.
  • Get everyone out of the room and close the door. Isolate the room and prevent others from entering.
  • Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Gardaí.
  • Make a list of persons who were in the room to give to authorities when they arrive.
  • If applicable, alert the building security staff.
  • Wait in a safe place until emergency services arrive and follow their instructions.

If you have opened a suspicious package - leave it where it is and if possible cover it.

  • Get everyone out of the room and close the door. Isolate the room and prevent others from entering. If possible, turn off air conditioning.
  • If you have access to a bathroom, wash your hands or shower with soap and water. Do not touch your mouth or eyes with your hands.
  • If you are experiencing any immediate physical symptoms call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
  • Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Gardaí.
  • Make a list of persons who were in the room to give to authorities when they arrive.
  • If applicable, alert the building security staff.
  • Wait in a safe place until emergency services arrive and follow their instructions.

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