Bomb threats on the campus are rare. Most bomb threats are hoaxes. However, any bomb threat must betaken seriously and treated as a real emergency and credible threat. The potential for serious injury and damage makes even a threat a very serious incident.
Threat Received by Phone
Statistically, the majority of bomb threats are made by phone. The person receiving a bomb threat over the phone should pay particular attention to the information the caller gives and pay attention to background sounds.
- Stay calm.
- If your phone has caller ID, record the number.
- If possible, get the attention of someone else and have them call 911 or Campus Safety.
The checklist provided below can be printed, kept in desk files and used should a bomb threat be received over the phone.
Threat Received by Email
- Immediately call 911, and then call Campus Safety at 909-607-2000.
- Forward the email threat to Campus Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org), and do not erase.
If you are within 300 feet of a suspicious package, do not use a cell phone, cordless phone or walkie-talkie because it may trigger an explosion.
DO NOT TOUCH THE PACKAGE, TAMPER WITH IT OR MOVE IT!
EVACUATE THE AREA AND CALL 911 AND THEN CAMPUS SAFETY AT 909-607-2000.
Bomb Threat Checklist
If a bomb threat is received by phone, the person receiving the call should try to get the following information from the caller:
Time of Call: ___________________________________________________
Location of the bomb (Building, room, etc.): _______________________________________________________________
Time the bomb is set to go off: _____________________________________
What does it look like? _____________________________________________________________________________
What kind of bomb? _____________________________________________
What will make it explode? ________________________________________
Did you place the bomb? YES NO
Exact words of threat: ________________________________________________________________________________
Male or Female Caller: __________________________________________
Voice characteristics (Do they sound familiar, age, tone, irrational or well-spoken): ________________________________________
Background noises heard: ________________________________________________________________________________