Bomb Threat

Remain calm.

Use this telephone checklist to record information concerning the bomb threat. Have this list ready for the authorities when they arrive.

Employees or students receiving or discovering a bomb threat or emergency should immediately call the Public Safety Department at 651-962–5555.

The decision to evacuate the building will be based on the credibility of the threat and the nature of the threat.

The Director of Public Safety, in conjunction with Senior Administration, will authorize the evacuation.

If a bomb threat is received by phone, ask:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb right now?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why did you place the bomb?
  • Keep the caller on the phone as long as possible!

Record the following information for Public Safety:

  • Time of call.
  • Date of call.
  • Exact words of person.
  • Judge the voice: male, female, child, approximate age, do they sound coherent, etc.
  • Speech pattern, accent.
  • Background noises and description (music, people talking, cars, or trucks, airplanes, children or babies, machine noise, typing, etc.)

What you should do about suspicious mail and packages?

  • Do not handle the envelope or package.
  • Leave the immediate area.
  • Notify Public Safety at (962)-5555 and stop anyone from entering the area where the package is located.

What Will Happen Next?

  • Depending upon the circumstances, the Police Bomb Squad may be dispatched to the scene.
  • Depending upon the circumstances, a search of the building may be conducted under the direction of Public Safety and the Police.
  • The Police Bomb Squad will contact and interview the person who received the bomb threat.
  • An evacuation may take place.
  • When authorized, the “All Clear” will be given by the Public Safety Department.