D. BOMB THREATS
Most bomb threats
are hoaxes and are primarily made to disrupt
business operations. However, the possibility
that a threat may be authentic requires action
on the part of the University for the safety of
personnel and property. In the event a threat
is received during normal business hours, NOTIFY
UNIVERSITY POLICE IMMEDIATELY and evacuate
immediately. If a threat is received during
non-business hours NOTIFY UNIVERSITY POLICE
IMMEDIATELY, but it will be the responsibility
of the dean, department head or senior
supervisor to notify employees that evacuation
is necessary. What to do:
This type of caller will generally only indicate
there is a bomb, but will not give any other
This caller will generally indicate a specific
location, time, and often the reason for making
Get as much information as
you can, asking them to repeat what they have
said, and remembering all details of the
conversation. Record this information on the
CHECKLIST / TELEPHONE PROCEDURES
background noises, foreign accents, speech
impediments, gender, etc., that may help
identify the caller. Immediately report the
incident to your supervisor.
If a bomb is
discovered prior to local authorities arriving,
evacuate all remaining individuals immediately.
Do not touch, move or cover the object. Make
note of its description and exact location. Do
not use walkie-talkie devices or cell phones in
the area. Restrict all access to the building(s)
to authorized personnel only. Following an
evacuation, do not let anyone re-enter
building(s) until authorized.
The Director of
Physical Plant or his designee will determine if
gas or fuel lines should be shut off.
report the incident to University Police. They
will contact other units (i.e., bomb squad,
emergency services, etc.). Start building
evacuation, and be sure each person is out of
building. Arrange to have members of staff or
qualified personnel available to accompany
emergency services on inspection.
The search for and
dismantling of a bomb or explosive device should
be conducted by a trained professional.
However, university personnel may be required to
assist in the search. If a suspicious object is
NOT TOUCH IT.
Report it to emergency services and clear the