Bomb Threat Emergency Response Procedures
All university personnel should know the procedures for handling a bomb threat emergency. These procedures should be readily available and in the hands of all employees who, by reason of their assignment, might be expected to receive a phone call, verbal or physical threat, suspicious mail, suspicious e-mail, or packages. This category includes, but is not limited to, all telephone operators, mail handling personnel, receptionists and secretaries to university officers.
RECEIVING A THREAT
- Contact Public Safety at ext. 3111 or 255-3111. Request immediate assistance regarding a bomb threat. Do not handle the package, evacuate the area package is in.
- Be familiar with Letter and Parcel Recognition Points, given later in this procedure.
- What to do while speaking to the caller:
- Basic instructions are to be calm and courteous. Listen ... do not interrupt the caller.
- Pretend difficulty with hearing the caller's conversation. Keep the caller talking.
- If the caller seems agreeable to further conversation, ask questions like these and jot down his or her responses.
- What kind of bomb or device is it?
- How many did you place?
- When will it/they go off? At a certain hour?
- How much time remains until it/they go off?
- Where is it/they located? Building? Area?
- If the building is occupied, inform the caller that if the device detonates (goes off) it could cause injury or death.
- Did the caller appear familiar with the facility or building when he or she described the location of the bomb(s) or device(s)?
REPORTING A THREAT
After contacting Public Safety, and after meeting with the University Police, contact your supervisor.
You will be informed by Public Safety whether to activate your facility Evacuation Procedure.