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18. Bomb Threat Procedures

1. If a bomb threat is received by telephone, alert the nearest administrator in some way, TRY TO KEEP THE CALLER ON THE LINE until such time as information is gathered to assist the appropriate administrator in determining the extent and location of the threat.  The majority of bomb threats are received by telephone. This places a great importance on the first and possibly the only contact that will be had with the bomber. It is imperative that the person receiving the call obtain as much information as possible.
2. Never disregard any call relative to a bomb scare. A threat is often used to disrupt normal activities but the danger involved is too great to discount any threat.

3. Attempt to record details of the conversation using the attached check list (Appendix A), especially if the caller is willing to reveal the placement and type of bomb. Use responses such as “I’m sorry, there is some noise behind me. Would you repeat your message?”

4. In addition to the conversation, listen for background noises that might provide a clue as to the origin of the call.

5. If possible, listen to the caller’s voice for quality, accents, speech impediments and any other indicators of the caller’s identity.

Persons receiving a phone call bomb threat should remain calm and ask the caller: 

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Why did you place the bomb?
  • Where are you calling from?
  • What is your name?
  • What is your address?

The more detailed and specific a threat is the more likely the threat is real. 
Keep talking to the caller as long as possible and try to ascertain and record the following:

  • Exact Time of call.
  • Age and sex of caller.
  • Speech pattern, accent, possible nationality, etc.
  • Emotional state of the caller.
  • Background noise.
  • If you have caller ID, record the displayed number.
  • Exact wording of the threat

Post Bomb Threat Phone Call Procedures 

  • Hang up only after the caller hangs up.
  • Immediately notify Campus Safety by dialing "2253".
  • Remain at your reported location until the arrival of Campus Safety.
  • Make note of the caller's exact words and other observations.
  • Follow the Building/Campus bomb threat procedure.

6. A person receiving a bomb threat call should immediately inform the nearest administrator and Campus Safety and give them the notes jotted down regarding the threat.

7. The administrator and/or Campus Safety will evaluate the threat and inform the President of the situation. If there is even the slightest possibility that a bomb exists the President or designee shall direct Campus Safety to :

(A) Call the Police, and /or Fire Department (calling 911 will notify both)

(B) Conduct an orderly evacuation if needed.

8. The President will cause notifications to be made to Vice Presidents, Deans, and Building Coordinators.

9. Depending on the nature of the threat the decision will be made by the College President or her designee as to the appropriate response after consulting with emergency personnel (Police and Fire).

10. Some options are:  Occupant team search: perform a low key “covert” search using campus personnel assisting the trained emergency responders. Doing a search with campus personnel has the advantage of the fact that they are familiar with which items should and should not be present. Suspicious items may be apparent to Terra State Community College Personnel where they might not be to Police and Fire. Designated College officials shall be available to provide assistance as requested. Safety personnel shall provide needed items to searchers such as a two way radio, and pass keys. Keep in mind that two way radios could possibly set off an explosive device. If the caller indicates a detonation time, the search will be called off 30 minutes prior to that time and all personnel evacuated.


11. Conduct an immediate evacuation by activating the Informacast System or Terra Alert (e2campus emergency notification system.) Instruct evacuees to take all personal items with them when leaving the building. Be aware of the fact that if an actual explosive device is being used that that odds of a secondary device in the parking lot is great. Open areas would be safer than the cars in the parking lots. People should be directed to stay at least 400-600 feet from the building (beyond the parking lots).

12. If a bomb or suspicious item is discovered DO NOT TOUCH IT OR ATTEMPT TO MOVE IT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! At that point all personnel will be evacuated and the Police will request an Explosive Disposal Unit to handle it.

13. Notify those persons who are attempting to enter the target facility of the threat. No one other than emergency personnel should enter. See notification form to be posted on all entrances. If possible secure and lock all entrances to prevent anyone from entering.

14. Once evacuations are made, no one shall be allowed to re-enter the buildings unless instructed to do so by a college, Fire, or Police Official. After the all clear is given, building re-entry will be approved by the President or her designee.

15. Terra State Community College Campus Safety and other personnel will assist the Fremont Police to investigate thoroughly all incidents of actual or attempted bombing incidents and/or terroristic threats

16. In the case of a bomb threat employees are requested to make a cursory inspection (brief look around) of their area for suspicious objects and to report the location to Campus Safety. DO NOT TOUCH ANY SUSPICIOUS OBJECT!

17. Do not close doors to offices or classrooms! If there is an actual explosive device, leaving doors and windows open will minimize the damage due to blast overpressure waves. They should not open drawers, cabinets unless these are areas under their sole control and they know for a fact that there is nothing out of the ordinary in them. If so, leaving them open will facilitate the search procedure. Do not turn lights on or off, leave them as they are.

18. Safety will forward a report to the President once the incident is resolved.