Procedures during a Bomb Threat
All bomb threats must be treated as a serious matter until proven otherwise. They are meant to disrupt normal activities. A building evacuation is not a decision for just anyone to make under these circumstance—only the proper authorities can make this call.
Follow the established building-evacuation procedures if advised to do so by administration or emergency personnel. Implement the following procedures whether the bomb threat appears real or not:
- A suspicious object or potential bomb is discovered.
- Do not handle the object.
- Clear the area.
- Call 911 or 9-911.
- Radio and cell-phone communication should not be used in the vicinity of any suspected explosive device or suspicious package.
- Be sure to include the location and appearance of the object when reporting.
- Bomb threat is received. Ask the caller the following questions (if possible) and write down the answers:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is the bomb located?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What does it look like?
- Why did you place the bomb?
- Keep the caller talking as long as possible. Try to determine the following information:
- Time of the call
- Age and sex of the caller
- Speech pattern, accent, possible nationality, etc., of the caller
- Emotional state of the caller
- Any background noise
Nonemergency Contact Information
University Police: 260-481-6827
Radiologic and Environmental Management: 260-481-4193
Facilities Management: 260-481-6832
If you are outdoors and hear a siren, go indoors. If you are indoors and hear a siren, go outdoors.
Get as much information as possible from the caller such as location of device, what it looks like, what might cause it to explode.
Note background sounds, gender of caller, and any notable characteristics of the caller's voice.