Bomb Threats

If you receive and/or overhear a bomb threat, immediately call University Security at (507) 389-2111. You should complete the Bomb Threat Checklist as thoroughly as possible and provide it to responding emergency personnel.

Do not activate a fire alarm for a threat unless directed by emergency personnel.

Threats may be communicated in a number of ways such as a written note, telephone, or electronic communication. Please follow the guidelines set forth above. Additionally, the following measure should be taken:

  • WRITTEN THREATS – Anyone receiving a bomb threat in writing should handle the correspondence as little as possible.
  • EMAILED THREATS - Persons receiving bomb threat via email should leave the message on the computer. The person receiving the email should remain at the computer and not allow anyone to interfere and/or tamper with the message until emergency personnel arrives.
  • OTHER THREATS – Anyone receiving a bomb threat in person and/or overhearing such a threat should obtain the following information if possible and practical: the name of the suspect, time and location of the threat, witnesses, exact wording of the threat and any other relevant information.

Evacuation:
• If circumstances require that evacuation efforts are necessary, University Security or emergency personnel will direct those affected to appropriate locations.
• If an evacuation is taking place, turn off all cell phones and leave immediate area (at least 300 feet).

Clearance:
Buildings may be re-entered only after clearance is given by University Security or emergency personnel.

 

Bomb Threat Checklist:

Questions to Ask Caller:

  1. When is the bomb going to explode?
  2. Where is the bomb?
  3. What does it look like?
  4. What kind of bomb is it?
  5. What will cause it to explode?
  6. Did you place the bomb?
  7. Why?
  8. What is your name?
  9. Where are you at?

Exact Wording of the Threat:

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Other Identifying Characteristics:

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Number at which call is received:

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Time:

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Date:

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Caller Voice:

□ Calm □ Nasal □ Angry □ Stutter □ Excited 

□ Lisp □ Slow □ Raspy □ Rapid □ Deep

□ Soft □ Ragged □ Loud □ Clearing throat

□ Laughter □ Deep breathing □ Crying

□ Cracking voice □ Normal □ Disguised

□ Distinct accent □ Slurred □ Familiar

□ Whispered

Background Sounds:

□Street noises □ Factory machinery

□ Crockery □ Animal noises □ Voices

□ Clear □ PA System □ Static □ Music

□ Local □ House noises □ Long distance

□ Motor □ Office machinery

Threat Language:

□ Well-spoken (educated)  □ Incoherent

□ Taped □ Foul □ Irrational

□ Message read by threat maker

REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO UNIVERSITY SECURITY (507-389-2111)