Bomb Threat/Bomb Explosion

A bomb threat exists when a suspected bomb or explosive device has been reported, but not located. A bomb emergency exists if a bomb has been located, or an explosion has occurred.

Phoned Bomb Threat

1. If you receive a phone bomb threat, use the checklist on the next page to obtain as much information as possible. Do not hang up on the caller for any reason.

2. Signal to someone to call 911 and to notify a member of the campus Emergency Response Team.

3. The member of the Emergency Response Team will alert the Building Action Team to start an evacuation of the building. All employees, students and visitors will be assembled in a safe distance and location away from the building.

4. No one will re-enter the building until it has been cleared by Emergency Responders.

Suspected Bomb

1. DO NOT TOUCH, MOVE, OR IN ANY WAY HANDLE a package, box, briefcase, etc., you suspect may contain an explosive device.

2. Do not use radio or cell phone communications. Do not pull the fire alarm.

3. Call 911 and a member of the college's Emergency Response Team. Contact your Building Action Team Coordinator to initiate the evacuation of your building.

4. The Building Action Team Coordinator will alert your building's team members to start an evacuation of the building. All employees, students and guests will assemble in the designated assembly location for the building.


1. DROP, COVER AND HOLD. Take cover against your desk or a sturdy table.

2. Initiate your building's evacuation plan. Your Building Action Team members will assist you with exiting the building as quickly and calmly as possible. Do not use the elevators.

3. Be prepared for fire and other hazards as you evacuate. If there is a fire, keep low to the ground. If possible, use a wet cloth to cover your nose and mouth. Use the back of your hand to feel the upper, lower and middle parts of closed doors. If the door is not hot, brace yourself against it and open slowly. If the door is hot, do not open it. Look for another way out. Be familiar with your primary and secondary exit routes from your building.

4. If you are trapped, find something to signal your location to rescuers (e.g. flashlight, whistle, tap on the floor or pipes, etc.). Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Bomb Threat Checklist

Please write down as much as this information as possible when a bomb threat is received:

1. Time Call Received.

2. Time Call Terminated.

3. Bomb Facts

  • Where is the bomb located?
  • When will it explode?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why did you place the bomb?

4. The Caller's name.

5. The Caller's address.

6. Sex of Caller.

7. Age of Caller. (e.g. Adult or Child)