A rash of recent bomb threats to area healthcare institutions has heightened awareness and deepened discussion about bomb threat protocols.
In August, Urbana’s Carle Foundation Hospital and Decatur’s Memorial and St. Mary’s hospitals all received bomb threats within a week. Although the Urbana and Decatur callers appear unrelated, the organizations responded similarly with success.
Carle Security and local police, including canine units, turned up nothing suspicious at the Urbana campus. The Urbana campus closed briefly to incoming visitors and cancelled some patient appointments. By 6 p.m., all operations returned to normal.