BOMB THREATS

BOMB THREAT PROCEDURES

This quick reference checklist is designed to help employees and decision makers of Huntingdon College to respond to a bomb threat in an orderly and controlled manner with the first responders and other stakeholders.

Bomb threats are often, but not always received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven otherwise. Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain information with the checklist on this site.

If a Bomb Threat is received by phone:

  1. Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
  2. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
  3. Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
  4. If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself by calling 911 and CAMPUS SECURITY.
  5. If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display. If possible, take a picture of it with your cell phone or other digital device.
  6. Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist immediately (SEE BELOW). Write down as much detail as you can remember. Try to get exact words.
  7. Immediately upon termination of call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different phone, contact authorities immediately with information and await instructions.

 If a Bomb Threat is received by handwritten note:  

  • Call 911 and CAMPUS SECURITY at 334-833-4463.
  • Handle note as minimally as possible.   

If a Bomb Threat is received by e-mail:

  • Call 911 and CAMPUS SECURITY.
  • Do not delete the message.

NEVER:

  • Use two-way radios or cellular phone in the proximity of an alleged bomb. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
  • Touch or move a suspicious package.

WHO TO CONTACT:

  • 911
  • Call CAMPUS SECURITY IMMEDIATELY AT 334-833-4463

After Contacting Authorities Leave the Area Immediately:

  • You and others affected by the bomb threat should evacuate immediately to the nearest exit. Use stairs and never use elevators.
  • Your designated College Building Coordinator or Resident Assistant has specific duties and instructions to help you in the evacuation process if there is a bomb threat. Listen to your Building Coordinator and Resident Assistant.
  • The Hawk Alert Emergency Notification System will be activated, and Campus Security will assist in the evacuation until public safety authorities take over. Move to the designated safe assembly point so that you are not interfering with emergency response personnel.

If you are on the College’s Main campus, after evacuating move to the Top Outdoor Stage located on the Huntingdon Green (the designated safe assembly point) where a head count will be taken if necessary.

If you are on the College’s Cloverdale campus, after evacuating move to the middle of the football field (the designated safe assembly point) where a head count will be taken if necessary.

BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST :

DATE:

TIME CALL RECEIVED:

TIME CALLER HUNG UP:

 PHONE NUMBER AND LOCATION WHERE CALL WAS RECEIVED: 

Ask Caller:

  • Where is the bomb located? (Building, floor, room, parking lot etc.)
  • When will it go off?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will make it explode?
  • What is your name?
  • Did you place the bomb? Yes/ No Why?

Exact Words of Threat:

Information About the Caller:

  • Where is the caller located? (background/level of noise)
  • Estimated age:
  • Is voice familiar? If so, who does it sound like?
  • Other points:

Caller’s Voice

Deep Breathing

Slurred

Gender

 

Disguised

 

Stutter

Accent

 

Distinct

 

Background Sounds

Temperament

Excited

 

Animal Sounds

Clearing Throat

Laughter

 

Local/ Long Distance

Coughing

 

Lisp

 

Voice over internet

Cracking Voice

Volume

 

Incoherent

Crying

 

Nasal

 

Taped Message

Tone

 

Speed

 

Irrational

Profane

 

Well-spoken

 

Other Information about the Bomb Threat?                                        

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES

Signs of a suspicious package:

  • No return address
  • Excessive postage
  • Stains
  • Strange Odor
  • Strange sounds
  • Unexpected delivery
  • Poorly handwritten
  • Misspelled words
  • Incorrect titles
  • Foreign postage
  • Restrictive notes

NOTIFY CAMPUS SECURITY CONCERNING ALL SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES! DO NOT TOUCH!!

For more information about this form contact the Huntingdon College Campus Security.

 

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