A bomb threat may come to the attention of the receiver in various ways. It is important to compile as much information as possible. Please DO NOT attempt to notify or evacuate an entire building as this could consume valuable time that would be better used to gather important information. Please keep in mind that the vast majority of bomb threats are false and are primarily intended to elicit a response from the building occupants. In the case of a written threat, it is vital that the document be handled by as few people as possible as this is evidence that should be turned over to the Department of Public Safety. If the threat should come via e-mail, make sure to save the information on your computer. Most bomb threats are transmitted over the telephone; thus, the following instructions will be provided with that assumption.
The decision to evacuate a University facility should be made after a thorough evaluation of the information available, including but not limited to:
The Director of Public Safety may make a decision to evacuate a building without consultation. The Department of Public Safety will notify the Smithfield Police and Fire Departments who will organize a search team and direct the search. Other emergency units will be alerted to the threat and asked to stand by for further instructions. Persons leaving the building should report to a specified location for further instructions.
Staff can be of assistance to the Department of Public Safety in several ways. Staff will be more familiar with their work area than the DPS officers. As the search is conducted, staff may be asked to identify boxes or objects in their work area. The importance of good housekeeping will be very apparent at this time. Throughout the year, it is important to keep areas free of unnecessary debris. If an evacuation is necessary, classes will be dismissed. If a device, package, bag, etc. is discovered, the Department of Public Safety will notify the Smithfield Police who will notify the Rhode Island State Police Bomb Squad for assistance. The decision to resume normal activities in the building will be made jointly by the Director of Public Safety or a designee in consultation with the President and/or appropriate individuals in the University administration after police and fire personnel have deemed the affected area clear. The Department of Public Safety and police will interview the person who received the threat.
Telephone Bomb Threat Checklist
KEEP CALM: Do not get excited or excite others.
TIME: Call received _________am/pm Terminated _________am/pm
EXACT WORDS OF CALLER:
DELAY: ASK CALLER TO REPEAT.
Questions you should ask:
A. Time bomb is set to explode?__________________________________________________
B. Where located? Floor________ Area______________________________________________________
C. Kind of bomb? __________________________________________________________
D. Description? __________________________________________________________
E. Reason for the bomb? __________________________________________________________
____ Male ___ Female ___ Young ___ Old ___ Middle Aged
____ Educated ___ Nervous ___ Calm ___ Accent
Accent ___Yes ___No
Speech Impediment ___Yes ___No
Recognize Voice? If so, who do you think it was?
___Music ___Running Motor (Type)____________________________________________________
___Traffic ___Whistles ___Bells
___Horns ___ Aircraft ___Tape Recorder
A. Did caller indicate knowledge of the facility? If so, how? In what way?
B. What line did the call come in on? ____________________________________________________________
C. Is number listed? ___Yes ___No
Private Number? Whose? ____________________________________________________________