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Disaster Manual: Bomb Threat

A comprehensive collection of links to resources for disaster prevention, recovery, training, and outreach.

Bomb Threat

If you receive a telephone bomb threat

1.  Don't hang up

2.  Remain calm

3.  Try to prolong the conversation and get as much information as possible.

4.  Note what you hear. Are there background noises, such as music, voices or cars?

  • How does the caller's voice sound? Accent? What sex? What age: Unusual words or phrases?
  • Does the caller seem to know our campus?
  • How is the bomb location described?
  • Does the caller use a person's name?
  • Does the caller give his/her name?

5.  Call 9-911 and 557-5000 to report the bomb threat. Give the operator all the information you collected on the bomb threat checklist. Identify

     yourself -- give your name, location and phone number. The address for the Library is 1028 Bruin Blvd.

7.  After this is done, notify your supervisor immediately. Then stand by for further instructions.

8.  If it is deemed necessary to evacuate, you will be notified by your supervisor or Campus Safety. Evacuate via the primary route for your area.          

If you Discover a Bomb or Suspicious item

  •  Leave it untouched and secure the area until police arrive
  •  Go to a telephone. Dial 9-911 and 557-5000 and report a suspicious item. You may be asked to assist in a search, because you are familiar with the area.
  •  If so directed, evacuate your area.

Other Important Actions

  • Notice any items in your area that look strange or our of context such as loose backpacks, packages, shopping bags, unusual smells, noise or vapor.
  • Follow the directions of the Campus Safety Department or law enforcement that has responded. Know the evacuation routes.
  • Most bomb threats are hoaxes made in an effort to disrupt individuals and businesses. No bomb threat should be dismissed as a hoax without investigation by the proper authority.

Threatening Call Checklist

Threatening Phone Call/Bomb Threat Checklist

 

The following is a checklist to be utilized by the person receiving a call which threatens the safety or security of the facility.

Checklist: Complete all possible items immediately following the call.

1.  Caller's name and address (if known):

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

2.  Sex: ____Male   _____Female

3.  Age: ____Adult  _____Child

4.  Bomb Facts:

  1. When will it go off? __________________________________________
  2. In what building is it placed? _________________________________
  3. Exact location? _______________________________________________

5.  Call:  _____Local  ____ Long-Distance   ____ Unknown

6.  Voice Characteristics (Check all that apply):

Tone

Speech 

Language

Accent

Manner 

Loud

Fast

Excellent

Local

Poor Grammar

Soft

Slow

Good

Region

Well-Spoken

High Pitch

Distorted

Fair

Ethnicity?

Taped

Low Pitch

Cursing

Message Read

Stutter

Slurred

Emotional

Raspy

Lisp

Irrational

Background Noise (Check all that apply)

Office Machines

Voices 
Factory Machines Music 
Bedlam  PA System 
Animals 

Radios 

Quiet  Party 
Street Traffic  Static 
Airplanes  Cellular Phone 
Trains