Bomb Threats and Search
- Employees receiving or discovering a bomb threat or emergency should immediately call Safety and Security at 651-696-6555 after getting as much information as posible about the bomb and the caller.
- Remain calm. Use the telephone checklist to record information concerning the bomb threat. Have the list ready for authorities when they arrive.
Do not evacuate the building!
If a bomb threat is received by phone, ask:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is the bomb right now?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What does it look like?
Keep the caller on the phone as long as possible!
If a bomb threat is received by mail, employees should:
- Not handle the envelope or package.
- Leave immediate area.
- Notify Safety and Security at 651-696-6555 and stop anyone from entering where package is located.
Record following information for Safety and Security:
- Time of call.
- Date of call.
- Exact words of the person.
- Judge the voice: male, female, child, approximate age, do they sound coherent/incoherent, etc.
- Speech pattern, accent.
- Background noises and description (music, people talking, cars or trucks, airplanes, children or babies, machine noise, typing, etc.)
If a suspicious object is discovered, the employee should:
- Not attempt to touch or move object.
- Evacuate immediate area only.(See building evacuation meeting place map.).
- Notify Safety and Security at 651-696-6555.
- Await further instructions.
What Will Happen Next
The police bomb squad is dispatched by Safety and Security. A building search is made by Facilities Services personnel and building department personnel. The police bomb squad will contact and interview the person who received the threat. An evacuation may take place. When authorized, the “ALL CLEAR” will be given by Safety/Security personnel.
- The employee search is the only method by which it can be determined if there is a suspicious object in the area. During a search you are only looking for something that should not be there. If a suspicious object is found, (do not touch or move) report its location to Safety and Security or to the emergency coordinator immediately.
- Building office personnel will search only their immediate work area. Results of the search will be reported directly to Safety and Security.
- Searches of other building areas will be carried out by police search teams.
What to look for:
Explosives can be packaged in a variety of containers. Most likely it will be camouflaged. The container is likely to be a common article such as a shoe or cigar box, a grocery, athletic, or airline flight bag, suitcase, attache case, etc. Look for the unusual or something that appears to be out of place. It is important that someone familiar with the area assist in the search in order to note something which is unusual or alien to the surroundings. Anything that does not belong, or whose nature and presence cannot be adequately explained is a suspicious object.
Keep Yourself Calm – Keep Others Calm
In an emergency, call 911 and Campus Security 651-696-6555. Give your campus location and describe the emergency situation.
Life, health or safety threat
Mac Security Office
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