Evacuate! Evacuate!

This emergency exercise was a bomb threat in a building close to the Johannes Stegman Theatre, the Megchem building.

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A bomb threat and a fire scare were the two different emergency evacuation exercises that happened last week: one at the Secunda Mall and one at the Megchem building.
The Secunda Mall evacuation was well planned and executed. All parties involved were informed beforehand to execute the exercise and to ensure that the plan, should it have flaws, be identified, assessed and managed thereafter.
Later in the week an unplanned emergency was organised wherein only management and the relevant emergency services were informed. The employees of the company were only informed after the emergency.
This emergency exercise was a bomb threat in a building close to the Johannes Stegman Theatre, the Megchem building. The roads were cordoned off and the employees evacuated the building quickly and efficiently. The employees were briefed after the building was cleared by the SAP bomb squad and all the information as to why the decision was made to not inform them was carried over. The bomb threat message caused panic over various social media pages with family members and friends franticly trying find out what was happening and whether their family member or friends were safe.
The biggest reason why the exercise was not made public knowledge was to ensure authentic reactions from the people working in the building and also their reaction time of the employees for a full evacuation.
The SAP responded very well. The K9 unit, bomb squad, flying squad, fire department and ambulance services were on scene to ensure the safety of all involved.
The K9 unit used one of their trusty sniffer dogs to find the alleged device and the bomb squad ensured that the alleged device was deactivated.
Well done to all the emergency services involved with their swift response and professional demeanour! – Ané Prinsloo

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