Bomb threats should always be treated as though there actually is a bomb until all facts are evaluated and authorities can thoroughly search the area.
If You Receive a Bomb-threat Telephone Call
1. Ask the caller key questions:
- Where is the bomb?
- When will it explode?
- What does it look like?
- What will cause it to explode?
- Did you place the bomb?
- Why did you place the bomb?
- What is your name?
- Are you an employee?
- Where are you calling from?
2. Note any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller, voice pitches and patterns.
3. Call COPS (x2677) from campus phone or 412.396.COPS (2677).
4. Evacuate the building, doing a Two-Minute Scan.
Suspicious Objects and Packages
A suspicious object is defined as any object of unknown origin. It may be a backpack, briefcase, radio, shopping bag or book. A suspicious package or object may be suspected for any of several reasons:
- The package is labeled “bomb,” “danger,” “do not open,” etc.
- The package resembles a bomb.
- The package does not belong to the particular premises or is out of place.
- The origin of the package is questionable or cannot readily be determined.
- The physical characteristics of the package are suspicious in size, shape, weight or sound.
If a suspicious package or bomb is found, evacuate the area (See Evacuation Procedures). Do not handle it, move it, immerse it or cover it. You do not know how the device is fused. Do not take the time to try to barricade or “sandbag” a suspicious object.
If a suspicious object is found in a room in the building, leave the door open when you leave it to summon aid. (You want to create an escape route for expanding gases. You close doors in a fire evacuation; you open doors to ventilate in a bomb threat evacuation.)
If a credible bomb threat exists, the University community will be notified by the DU Alert System and a mass e-mail.