Suspicious package exercise scenario tests Ramstein Airmen

Staff Sgt. Charles Droddy
Inspection and readiness

On June 21, the 86th Airlift Wing and 435th Air Base Wing inspections
and readiness office conducted a no-notice exercise on Ramstein to test
installation security awareness procedures.  

The scenario consisted of a suspicious package being placed at the rear
entrance to Bldg. 2201. The package was discovered and reported by
Airman 1st Class Toccara Survillion, 86th AW command post, and Tech.
Sgt. Aaron Roberts, 86th Operations Group.    

The proper procedures for suspicious packages and evacuation are as follows:
The individual who discovers the package will sound the alarm and initiate the evacuation of the facility.

Sound the audible “BOMB” alarm.

Ensure that electrical equipment remains in its current state (i.e., do not turn on/off lights, radios, etc.).

Ensure personnel do not return to their offices for personal items.  Leave things where they are.

Designate personnel to evacuate building: Send a runner throughout the
building shouting three times “BOMB, BOMB, BOMB.  Evacuate to
point A / B / C / D”, proceeded by the appropriate word “ACTUAL or

Appoint an individual to direct evacuating personnel away from bomb / suspicious package.

Record suspicious package characteristics and location for later
reporting to explosive ordnance disposal and other appropriate

Notify security forces (use the appropriate telephone number for your
installation) from a different facility, or by radio.  If
notifying by radio or cellular phone, ensure that you are a minimum of
100 feet from the suspicious package as keying of the radio and the
signal that cell phones emit could detonate electro-explosive devices.

Evacuate to a safe distance of at least 1,000 feet away and upwind (if possible).

Conduct an initial check of the evacuation point to ensure that no
explosive devices/suspicious individuals are present.  Challenge
suspicious looking individuals in the local area.  Personnel who
plant devices may stay within the area to watch the results.

Ensure a “head count” is conducted at the evacuation point.