The safety of students, faculty, and staff has the highest priority when dealing with a bomb threat.
Types of Bomb Threats
Specific threats are those that indicate a bomb has been placed somewhere within the campus and indicate the exact building or area, time of detonation, and/or reason for placement.
Non-specific threats are threats that do not include all the information in a specific threat.
If you receive a bomb threat by telephone, the below is an outline with some steps to follow:
While written messages are usually associated with generalized threats and extortion attempts, a written warning of a specific device may occasionally be received. It should never be ignored. When a written threat is received, the below should be followed:
Bomb Threat Checklist
The Bomb Threat Checklist form is a useful response guide. This form may be copied. It should be kept at a location where it can be readily accessible such as next to your phone.
All personnel should become familiar with the Checklist. The information obtained from the checklist will assist investigators in determining the validity of a caller and could potentially assist in identifying and apprehending the caller.
The Bomb Threat Checklist may be accessed at this link.
Though earthquakes can be sudden, with no warning, it is wise to know general safety procedures regarding earthquake preparedness. If a severe earthquake occurs, it is generally wise to find a sturdy piece of furniture to get under, such as a table, desk or piano and do not evacuate. If such an article does not exist in your immediate vicinity, find a doorway, support column or other structurally sturdy architectural structure to place yourself in or by. Avoid exterior walls, as collapse of these may prove particularly dangerous. Once the earthquake has subsided, follow the instructions of Campus Security regarding evacuation. If you know of a person who may have become trapped, inform Campus Security, who will notify 911 immediately. Should sheltering or evacuation become necessary, notification will be made via Rave alert, the Peabody information displays, and by Campus Security personnel.
The greatest concern during such weather emergencies is the harm that can be caused by high winds. Flooding and lightning strikes may also be a source of danger. Some terms to know:
A watch is the first alert issued by the National Weather Service when severe storms are possible in your area. This watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for the formation of a severe storm. Remain alert for approaching storms, however you may continue with your routine, or any other activities. Turn on a battery-operated radio to stay alert of any developments.
This warning is issued when a severe storm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately underground to a basement or interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
Some danger signs of an approaching tornado are a dark, often greenish looking sky; large hail; dark, low-lying clouds, epecially if rotating; and a loud roar, similar to that of a freight train. Winds may also die down and the air become still just before a tornado hits.
Safety Procedures for high winds and flooding:
For fires, remember the acronym RACE:
Fire Safety in the Residence Halls: