Although most bomb threats are hoaxes, all bomb threats must be taken seriously. The most important actions that can be taken are proper handling of the threatening call and the identification of any device or suspicious package or article.
If, at any time, you observe a suspicious object which you suspect might be a bomb:
- Call University Police at 911. Do NOT use cell phone, as the radio frequency could possibly trigger the explosive device.
- Do not handle the object. Also, do not open drawers, cabinets or turn lights on or off as such actions may trigger a bomb.
- Follow Police directions regarding evacuation.
A. Handling a Telephoned Bomb Threat:
- Try to remain calm
- Listen closely to the caller’s voice; attempt to record the conversation verbatim.
- If time permits, try to keep the caller talking until you have obtained as much of the following information as possible:
1. Ask the caller the following:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is the bomb located?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will cause it to explode?
- Why did you place the bomb?
2. Note and record the following:
- Phone number – outside or inside call.
- Sex and approximate age of the caller.
- Speech pattern, accent, distinctive characteristics, possible nationality, etc.
- Emotional state of the caller.
- Background noise.
B. After the Call:
- Immediately notify University Police of the threat by calling 911, providing that unit with any information you were able to gather. Include your name, location and telephone number.
- If you should observe a suspicious object, package, etc., report it to University Police, but under no circumstances should you touch, tamper with or move it in any way. Do not open drawers, cabinets or turn lights on or off, as this may trigger a bomb.
- Inform your supervisor or department head.
- University Police will advise occupants when to evacuate the building. If requested, evacuate immediately. Move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the building.
- Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building.
- Keep roadways, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
- If you are asked and if you wish to do so, assist the emergency crews.
- Unless University Police personnel direct you to an alternate location, you should report to the following facilities to await instructions:
- Morris University Center
- Lovejoy Library (if Morris University Center is included in the threat)
School of Dental Medicine
- Building 273, Administration/Student Union Building
- Building 279-lower level, Science Building (if Building 273 is included in the threat)
East St. Louis Higher Education Campus
- Building D
- Building B (if Building D is included in the threat)
From these locations, you will be advised when it is safe to re-enter the evacuated building.
Do not re-enter an evacuated site unless directed to do so by University Police.