Emergency Preparedness

What To Do In Case Of Bomb Threat or Bomb Detonation

Immediate Actions:

  1. Remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller by using the Bomb Threat checklist below.
  2. If you see a suspicious object or potential bomb, DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT, OR TURN ROOM LIGHTS ON OR OFF.
  3. Notify 911 giving your name, location, and telephone number. Inform them of the situation, including any information you may have as to the location of the bomb, time it is set to explode, and the time when you received the call. Tell them if you completed the Bomb Threat Checklist. DO NOT hang up until told to do so.
  4. Inform your supervisor, department head or building manager.
  5. Officers may conduct a detailed bomb search and they may ask for your assistance in identifying suspicious objects. You may make a cursory inspection of your area for suspicious objects, BUT:
    DO NOT open drawers or cabinets
    DO NOT turn lights or any electrical switch on or off
    Report any suspicious object, device or package but DO NOT touch it, tamper with it, or move it in any way.
  6. If you are instructed to evacuate (the police may elect not to use fire alarms):
    Instruct students and staff to quickly collect their possession and proceed to assigned evacuation staging areas (at least 500 feet from buildings). Assist children and persons with disabilities.
    Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
    Assist emergency crews as necessary, if requested.
    DO NOT re-enter evacuated building until those in charge of the evacuation say it is safe to do so.