Follow these instructions in the event that you receive a
telephone bomb threat:
- Listen to the caller carefully and write down what you
are told. Always remember to ask the caller when and
where the device is supposed to activate. Try to fill out
as much of the information on the form below, but don’t
be surprised if the caller simply hangs up before you can
react. This is typical.
- Do not panic. The vast majority of phoned-in bomb
threats are pranks.
- Call University Police immediately at 424-1212 and
report what the caller said. Stay on the telephone with
the University Police dispatcher. You may receive instructions
from the dispatcher or an officer over the phone,
depending on the circumstances. An officer will always be
dispatched immediately to meet with you.
- Do not activate a fire alarm unless told to do so by an
officer or the dispatcher. The University Police department
follows specific procedures regarding bomb
threat response and evacuations. Building evacuations will
be conducted only if ordered by the person in charge of
- If you are told to evacuate, close your room door but
do not lock it. Take lunches, purses, backpacks and personal
packages (as they could be mistaken for concealed
explosives) and exit the building. Move well away from
the building (500 feet is recommended) for your safety.
Stay away from windows.
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