In the vast majority of cases of bomb threats or suspicious packages, no actual explosive device exists, however, it is important to treat each case seriously and to contact 911 immediately.
The aim behind most bomb threats is to create disorder and panic, which can result in injuries and damage to property. It is important to remain calm and follow the instructions of first responders.
If you receive a bomb threat:
- Call 911.
- Notify Security at (506) 364-2228.
- Do not touch any suspected item. If you locate a suspected item, call 911.
If you receive a bomb threat by phone:
- Stay calm. Do not upset the caller.
- Ask a lot of questions, but let the caller say as much as possible in response without interruption.
- If it is possible to get a co-worker to call 911 while you continue talking to the caller, do so.
- Try to note as many details of the call as possible.
- What time did the call come in?
- What was the Caller ID?
- Where is the bomb? When will it go off? What does it look like?
- Was the caller male or female? An adult or a juvenile?
- What did the caller’s voice sound like? Loud/soft? Deep/high-pitched?
- Did the caller speak slowly or quickly? Did they have a stutter or lisp? Did they slur their words or speak clearly? Did they have an accent of any type? Were their language skills poor, fair, good, or excellent?
- Did the caller seem calm or angry? Rational or irrational? Coherent or incoherent?
- Could you hear any background noise such as traffic, machinery, voices, or music?
- Most land line phones on campus include a call trace function. Once the caller hangs up, dial *81 to trace the call.
If you receive a written bomb threat:
- If it is a document, handle it as little as possible and turn it over to the police.
- If it is an e-mail, do not touch it any further in order to protect any evidence.
If police or first responders determine an evacuation is necessary, the building or buildings should be evacuated using the University’s evacuation procedures.
If you spot a suspicious object or package:
- Do not touch it, move it, or tamper with it in any way.
- Do not use a cell phone within at least 30 meters of the object.
- Call 911.
- Report the package to your supervisor or residence assistant and Security at (506) 364-2228.
If the package is outdoors, calmly clear the area of other people.
If the package is indoors, if police or first responders determine an evacuation is necessary, the building or buildings should be evacuated using the University’s evacuation procedures.
If you have been evacuated from a building, avoid standing in front of windows or other potentially hazardous areas. Do not block the street or sidewalk.