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department of Public Safety

Bomb threats

Although actual bombing incidents are rare in colleges and universities, there is always a possibility that such an incident could occur. Generally, a threat is called in when the caller desires to disrupt normal activity; on the other hand, if the caller has planted a device, the usual intention is the destruction of property rather than the taking of life. For these reasons decisions relating to bomb threat incidents are made on a case by case basis.

The following procedures should serve as a guide

  • If you are assigned a position that requires frequent answering of a telephone, you may be the recipient a bomb threat. Since many decisions will may be based upon this single conversation with the caller, it is virtually import you obtain as much information as possible from him or her. Try to ask the following questions IN THIS ORDER (place these questions near the telephone for ready reference) :
    • What is the exact location of the bomb?
    • When is the bomb supposed to explode?
    • What does the bomb look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • Why was it placed?
    • Who is speaking?
  • Try to keep the caller on the line. Obtain as much information as possible:
    • Listen to background sounds (noises, people talking, etc.), the caller's vocal inflections or accents;
    • Note the seriousness of the caller or the "TONE" of the conversation;
    • Write information down as soon as practical.
    • Write down the EXACT WORDS of the caller
    • Note the telephone line number on which the call was received and the exact of the call.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety immediately at (254) 501-5800. Provide as much about the call as possible.
  • Notify your supervisor or building manager.
  • Wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • If you know of something suspicious in your work environment:
    • Let the police officer or fireman know about it immediately .
    • Do not touch strange objects that you don't recognize or that seem out of place.
  • If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately and in an orderly fashion.
    • If possible; If time permits, take valuables (purses, briefcases, etc.,) with you.
    • Do not turn the room lights off.
    • Leave the Do not use elevators when exiting the building; use the stairs.
    • Leave the room door open if possible.
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