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Response to a Bomb Threat

Call: Public Safety Department: 276-6611 or 911 from a campus phone.

Note: Dialing 911 from a cell phone will not connect you with Public Safety

What to Know:

A suspicious-looking box, package, object or container in or near your work area may be a bomb or explosive material.  Do not handle or touch the object. Move to a safe area and call the Department of Public Safety at x6611 immediately. Use a telephone in a safe area.  Do not operate any power switch and do not activate the fire alarm. 

What to Do:

If you receive a bomb threat:  

  • Stay calm and try to keep your voice calm.
  • Pay close attention to detail. Talk to the caller to obtain as much information as possible.
  • Take notes.  Use the Bomb Threat Checklist (a copy is attached) while the caller is on the telephone or as soon as possible while the details are still fresh in your memory.
  • Ask the following questions:
    • When will it explode?
    • Where is it right now?
    • What does it look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • Where did you leave it?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Who is the target?
    • Why did you plant it?
    • What is your address?
    • What is your name?
    • Note Caller ID if present
  • Observe the caller’s:
    • Speech patterns, accent and tone
    • Emotional state
    • Background noise
    • Age and gender
  • Write down other data
    • Date and time of call
    • How threat was received
  • Call Public Safety at x6611 and submit your notes/bomb threat checklist from the telephone call or the bomb threat letter or note to Public Safety personnel.
  • If you are told by the Public Safety Office to evacuate the building:
    • Visually check your work area for unfamiliar items as you are leaving. Do not touch suspicious items: report them to campus authorities.
    • Take personal belongings, if safe to do so, when you leave.
    • Leave doors and windows open; do not turn light switches on or off.
    • Use stairs only, do not use elevators.
    • Move well away from the building and follow instructions from Public Safety

If there is an explosion:

  • Take cover under sturdy furniture, or leave the building if directed to do so by Public Safety
  • Stay away from windows
  • Do not light matches
  • Move well away from the site of the hazard to a safe location
  • Use stairs only, do not use elevators
  • Call 911 if no one has already called

Individuals requiring medical care (including mental health care) should be referred to the triage area established on campus. 

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