Bomb threats are usually reported via telephone. If you receive a bomb threat via telephone:
- Take the caller seriously.
- Ask a lot of questions, (see list below).
- Take notes on everything said and heard, including background noise, voice characteristics, etc.
- Keep the caller on the line as long as possible by asking questions
- If the caller hangs up do not use the telephone on which the threat was received.
- Call campus police immediately after call from another telephone, or ask another person call the police immediately.
- Notify supervisor or department head.
- Campus police will determine if you need to evacuate. If you do evacuate, move to your emergency assembly area, to await further instructions.
- Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.
Do not search for the explosive device or touch any unusual or suspicious objects.
Questions to Ask the Caller
- When will the bomb explode?
- Where is it?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it? 5. What will cause it to explode?
- Why was it placed in the building?
- Did you place the bomb?
- What is your name?
Observe the Caller
Try to identify the following about the caller:
- Caller’s gender
- Approximate age
- Voice characteristics, accents, etc. Is the voice familiar?
- Background noises
- Treat language-educated, incoherent, foul, taped, read, etc.
If you receive a suspicious package, letter, or object under any circumstances. Do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it. Report it to campus police emergency at 228-2677 (CAT-COPS).
Suspicious Package Characteristics
- Origin — Postmark does not match the city of the return address, name of the sender is unusual or unknown, or no return address given.
- Balance — The letter is lopsided or unusually thick, the letter or package seems heavy for its size.
- Contents — Stiffness or springiness of contents; protruding wires or components; oily outer wrappings or envelope; feels like it contains a powdery substance.
- Smell — Particularly almond or other suspicious odors.
- Writing — Handwriting indicates a foreign style not normally received, cut-and-past letters or rub on block letters are used. Common words, titles or names are misspelled.