All bomb threats must be treated as a serious matter. To ensure the safety of the faculty, staff, students, and the general public, bomb threats must be considered real until proven otherwise. In most cases, bomb threats are meant to disrupt normal activities. The procedures described below should be implemented regardless of whether the bomb threat appears real or not.
Report the threat to the UCA Police Department immediately. Call 911, (501) 450-3111, or use a blue light emergency phone. Give your name, location, and telephone number. Inform the dispatcher of the situation, reporting the exact words of the threat, including information you may have as to the location of the threat, time of the threat, and time you received the call.
If a suspicious object is observed:
- Don’t touch it!
- UCAPD will handle the evacuation of the area.
All personnel should acquaint themselves with the following procedures:
- STAY CALM.
- If a suspicious object or potential bomb is discovered, DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT, CLEAR THE AREA, AND CALL 911. Be sure to include the location and appearance of the object when reporting.
- If a phone call bomb threat is received:
- DO NOT put the caller on hold.
- DO NOT attempt to transfer the call.
- DO NOT HANG UP THE PHONE THAT THE CALL CAME IN ON. If possible have someone else use another phone to call 911.
- Pay particular attention to background noises, such as running motors, music, or any other noises that may indicate the location from which the call is being made. Record the call if possible.
- Listen closely to the voice to determine voice quality, accents, speech impediments, sex, or any unusual characteristics.
- Complete the BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST.
It is highly recommended that all University personnel become familiar with the checklist. A Bomb Threat Checklist should be immediately available – keep the checklist close to the phone.
If an evacuation alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures (See Campus Evacuation).
Bomb Threat Checklist
EXACT WORDS USED TO MAKE THE THREAT (if possible):
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
DESCRIPTION OF CALLER’S VOICE:
IF THE VOICE IS FAMILIAR, WHOM DID IT SOUND LIKE?
YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER