You're probably not aware, but the Toronto-Dominion Centre in downtown Toronto was the target of a bomb threat today. For awhile, it wasn't even in the news. Now I see it is (Globe & Mail, TD building target of bomb threat)
What makes this bomb threat different is that it was in close proximity to me. By "close proximity", I was one of the "confused employees" referred to in the piece, although I wasn't on the ground out of my building till 2:22 pm (I checked the time so I could note the what time it was if something happened).
Starting at about 11 or so, I could see people streaming into the TD Centre courtyard. I went for lunch at about 12:30 pm, and got back to my desk at about 1:30 pm ... There were still a lot of people milling around, I just thought it was a fire drill. Got back to my desk worked for a bit, decided to grab a coffee (at about 2 pm), that's when we were told to leave the building.
I can attest to the "no communication" part too in the piece.
It does make you think, "What would you do?".
Here's what I did.
I left the building, went and downed a pint of Guinness, got on the next train home.
I'm ready to start the whole thing over again on Monday.
Communication needs to be better, if I can offer a suggestion.
This is, afterall, the new reality.