Bomb threats on the campus are rare. Most bomb threats are hoaxes. However, any bomb threat must be taken 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 or NO
- Exact words of threat
- Male or female caller
- Voice characteristics (do they sound familiar, age, tone, irrational or well-spoken)
- Background noises heard