Main campus evacuation procedures for a campuswide bomb threat can be found on the evacuation procedures page. Health Science Center campuses will follow their building emergency plans.

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.

Why make a bomb threat?

Two main reasons someone may call with a bomb threat:

  1. The person knows of an explosive device that is in place and wants to minimize injuries.
  2. 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).

What to Do if You Receive a Call

  • Call 911 and the dispatcher will notify law enforcement.
  • Document the conversation using the Bomb Threat Checklist.
  • Notify the department head/building proctor.
  • Meet with and assist law enforcement personnel.
  • As directed by law enforcement, help locate/identify suspicious items.
  • Evacuate the building, as directed.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared by authorized personnel.