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Bomb Threat

  • Remain calm.
  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
  • Listen carefully. Note the time of the call and telephone number displayed if you have caller ID.
  • Ask the caller the following questions:
    • Where is the bomb?
    • When will it go off?
    • What does the bomb look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Why?
    • What is your name?
    • Are you an employee or student?
    • Where are you calling from?
  • Write down any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller and voice pitches and patterns.
  • Only authorities may evacuate buildings.
  • Do not use cell phones, radios or other wireless devices.
  • Do not activate the fire alarm system.

Mail or Package Threat

  • All suspicious packages and bomb threats must be treated as a serious matter.
  • To ensure the safety of the campus population, all suspicious packages and bomb threats will be considered real until proven otherwise.
  • If a suspicious object or potential bomb is discovered, REMAIN CALM. DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT. CLEAR THE AREA.
  • Call 911 immediately to notify emergency personnel. After 911 has been called, notify Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777.
  • In most cases, these incidents are meant to disrupt normal activities.
  • Any employees or students who had direct contact with the package should wash their exposed skin with soap and water after reaching a place of safety.