A bomb threat is generally defined as a verbal or written threat to detonate an explosive device to cause property damage or injuries, whether or not such a device actually exists.
Bomb threats usually occur by telephone but can be received through other means, such as email or suspicious package. It is important to compile as much information as possible (see bomb threat checklist). All bomb threats are to be taken seriously.
In the event of the receipt of a bomb threat or the discovery of a suspicious object or substance, notify the Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) ext. 2888 for on campus and 9-637-2888 off campus and Emergency Services 911. Please provide as much detail as possible.
If you receive a telephone bomb threat:
- Immediately refer to the bomb threat checklist.
- Without alarming the caller, indicate to a co-worker if possible that you are receiving a telephone bomb threat.
- Have co-worker contact the CEP Office immediately 637-2888.
- Keep the caller on the line as long as possible to attempt to persuade the caller to tell you:
- When the bomb will go off?
- Where is the bomb located?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What does it look like?
- Pay attention to details and note any background noise, distinctive sounds or characteristics of the caller’s voice:
- NOTE THE EXACT WORDING OF THE THREAT.
- Note the originating telephone number if it appears on the CALL DISPLAY console.
- Note the telephone extension (the line you answered) you received the call on.
- Approximate Age
- Background noises (machinery, traffic, television, other voices, music, etc.).
- Call and submit your Bomb Threat Checklist to CEP Office immediately.
- If the threat was left on your voice mail, do not erase. Notify the CEP Office and your immediate supervisor.
If you receive a bomb threat through the mail, in writing, or by email:
- Avoid unnecessary handling of the item. All material including envelopes or containers may be used by RNC in subsequent investigation.
- Save and print all bomb threat emails. DO NOT DELETE.
- Notify the CEP office immediately at 637-2888.
If you discover a suspicious package or object:
- Do not touch, tamper with or move any suspicious item or package.
- Notify the CEP Office immediately 637-2888 and notify your immediate supervisor.