BOMB THREAT POLICY:
The primary goal of this bomb threat procedure is to minimize injury to people, damage to the
facility, and avoid disrupting normal schedules. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for handling bomb threats and actual bomb emergencies.
There are two purposes for a person reporting a bomb will go off at a particular location:
A. The caller has definite knowledge or believes an explosive or incendiary device has been or will be placed, and he/she wants to minimize personal injury or property damage. The caller may be the person who placed the device or someone who has become aware of such information.
B. The caller wants to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic, which will, in turn, possibly result in a disruption of normal activities at the location where the device has reportedly been placed.
In the context of the bomb threat call, panic is the primary aim of the caller. By using established organization and procedure, a bomb threat call can be handled with the least amount of risk and minimal panic. In all cases, the safety of building occupants and responding personnel will be of primary importance.
Upon receiving a bomb threat call or report, immediately complete the Bomb Threat form. The person receiving the call should alert someone within the office to immediately notify Public Safety or this person should call Public Safety immediately upon ending the phone call. The Public Safety communications officer will then notify Public Safety supervisors and officers of the bomb threat location and type.
Public Safety personnel, in conjunction with the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee, will make a determination as to whether the building, area, or facility should be evacuated.
In the event an evacuation is ordered, the evacuation should be implemented in a manner, which provides the maximum amount of time for evacuation prior to the alleged detonation time of the device. Reentry should not occur until a thorough search of the premises has been conducted and a reasonable and safe amount of time has elapsed past the alleged detonation time. A reasonable and safe amount of time may vary by incident, and the decision to re-enter must be made based upon the best information available.
Evacuation is to be conducted in an orderly manner, following the established fire evacuation routes, but avoiding any area identified as the possible location of the suspected device. Evacuated occupants should be assembled in the established fire evacuation assembly areas, but at least 500 feet away in order to protect individuals should an explosion occur. Public Safety personnel and other College officials should not operate their portable two-way radios within 500 feet of the affected building, area, or location.
Once the building has been evacuated, all exterior entrances will be secured or monitored to prevent unauthorized reentry.
The Director, or his/her designee, will activate the campus emergency response team (CERT) and proceed with the establishment of a command post and search procedures.
ALL BOMB THREATS ARE TO BE CONSIDERED REAL AND BONAFIDE!