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SEARHC locked down briefly during security threat

JUNEAU –At approximately 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2016, a man entered the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s (SEARHC) Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic in a noticeably agitated state demanding to see his provider. Upon hearing his provider was seeing another patient, he became increasingly upset and subsequently spent several minutes yelling profanities. He also stated that he had weapons and bombs at home, and threatened to return and “firebomb” the building. Following the incident, the man exited the building and drove out of the parking lot.

Following SEARHC protocol, staff immediately contacted the safety officer and the Juneau Police Department. As this incident was considered a credible threat, the patients and employees building were evacuated from the building. The evacuation took between 5-7 minutes, and SEARHC staff escorted individuals to their vehicles.

Security swept the building early this morning before the arrival of SEARHC Behavioral Health team. The exterior doors at the Behavioral Health building will remain locked until further notice.

SEARHC employees followed policies and protocols appropriately, and the organization is grateful that there were no injuries.

The SEARHC campus, which includes Behavioral Health, Dental, the Ethel Lund Medical Center and their Administrative Offices in the Juneau Empire building are high alert but continue to perform routine operations. Staff will notify security of any unusual or suspicious activity.