If a staff member receives a telephoned bomb threat, he/she should remain calm and observe the following procedures:
Note the time of the call
Attempt to keep the caller on the line as long as possible
Try to notify another staff member by a motion, signal or note so that they can make Library Administrators aware of the situation. If this can be accomplished, the Administrator should call the emergency number 911 and must be ready to give the extension number on which the threat is being received so that an attempt to trace the call can be made.
If possible, use the Bomb Threat Form to record relevant information.
Try to secure the answers to the following questions without placing undue pressure on the caller:
When will the bomb explode?
Where is the bomb?
What does the bomb look like?
What type of bomb is it?
Who placed the bomb in its location?
When was the bomb placed in its location?
What is the reason the bomb was placed here?
The staff member who receives the call should also attempt to note the following facts about the conversation:
The exact words of the caller.
Was the voice male or female?
Did the caller sound young or old?
Did the caller have any distinguishing vocal feature, such as an accent?
What was the tone of the caller - nervous, calm, determined, etc.?
Did the voice sound familiar?
Was there any background noise?
Immediately call the emergency number 911, if it has not already been done, and report the information gathered above.
After reporting the incident, immediately notify Disaster Action Team Leader or another staff member according to the priority specified in the section on Emergency Telephone Numbers.
The Disaster Action Team Leader or another staff member should then apprise Law College Administration of the situation.
If, after consultation with College Administration and/or Police, evacuation of the Library is considered appropriate, evacuation procedures should be initiated as specified in the section on Evacuation Plan.
If a suspected bomb threat is received through the mail, DO NOT handle the letter or envelope unnecessarily and immediately report its receipt to Disaster Action Team personnel or another Library staff member.
If none of the above personnel can be reached, and the contents of the letter indicate immediate action should be taken, call the emergency number 911 and follow the instructions given.
however, there is no reason to believe that the danger presented by the threat
is imminent, call Campus
Police at 621-8273 for further instructions.
If a suspicious object or package is found in the Library and there is reason to believe that it may contain a bomb, do not touch the object, keep all persons in the Library away from the object and call the emergency number 911.
the emergency number has been
called, follow the procedures given for Telephone
Additional guidelines for detecting a suspicious letter or object can be found here.
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