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Bomb Threat

For evacuation procedures for a campus-wide bomb threat, click here.

A bomb threat is generally defined as a verbal or written threat to detonate an explosive or incendiary device to cause property damage, injuries, or loss of life whether or not such a device actually exists.

Two main reasons someone may call with a bomb threat:

  • The person knows of an explosive device that is in place and wants to minimize injuries.
  • The person wants to create an environment of panic/confusion or to interrupt normal office/building functions.

Unfortunately, there is often no way to tell which is the motivation of the caller until after a thorough inspection of the building is conducted. This means that there will always be a response to the threat by emergency services personnel (police, fire, and medical).

If you receive a call:

  • Immediately after the call is terminated, hang up, obtain dial tone, dial #91, then hang-up (called a trace/trap procedure).
    • Note: This trap/trace procedure only works for phones on the Texas A&M phone system with one of the following prefixes: 845-XXXX, 847-XXXX, 862-XXXX, and 458-XXXX.
  • Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone), and the dispatcher will notify University Police.
  • Document the conversation using the Bomb Threat Checklist (PDF).
  • Notify the department head/building proctor.
  • Meet with and assist University Police personnel.
  • As directed by University Police, help locate/identify suspicious items.
  • Evacuate building, as directed (use of public address system preferred or use building fire alarm system).
  • Do not re-enter building until cleared by authorized personnel.

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