Bomb Threats & Suspicious Objects


If you receive a telephone threat:


Try to get the attention of other staff members to help you.

Follow instructions on the Bomb Threat Checklist.

Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest. Try to keep the caller talking, so that you can gather more information.

After you hang up from the caller dial 911 immediately to report the threat.

Immediately check your workspace and the areas with which you are the most familiar. If any suspicious object or package is noted, DO NOT TOUCH IT and keep others away. Call 911 immediately and evacuate the immediate area.

Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist on both sides as quickly as possible.

If evacuation is ordered, proceed to the appropriate assembly area.

If you receive a written threat or suspicious parcel, or if you find a suspicious object anywhere on the premises:


Call 911 immediately.

If evacuation is ordered, proceed to the appropriate assembly area.

Promptly write down everything you can remember about receiving the letter or parcel, or finding the object. Law enforcement investigators will need this information.

Remain calm. Do not discuss the threat with other staff members. Do not spread rumors

Bomb threats usually occur by telephone. The person receiving a bomb threat should remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller.

If you should identify a suspicious object (with wires, an unusual shape, the presence of a timing device, etc.) report it to University Police.

Under NO circumstances should you touch it, tamper with it, or move it in any way.

  • Call University Police at 509.535.9233.
  • Report your situation, including the time of the bomb threat and any information you may have been given. (Use Bomb Threat card.)
  • Do NOT activate building alarm.
  • Inform your supervisor or department head.
  • Evacuate if instructed to do so.
  • Stay at least 100 yards away from reported bomb location; you may move to another building.
  • Do not re-enter building unless instructed it is safe to do so.
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