Bomb threat: Do you know what to do?

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

The recent bomb threat and resulting evacuation at Lethbridge College presents an opportunity to highlight the U of L Bomb Threat Emergency Instructions and refresh community awareness regarding how best to respond should we experience the same circumstances.

Statements such as “Bomb threats are usually hoaxes” and “This will never happen here” may be largely true, but every threat requires its own assessment. Campus Safety has developed a process that uses a systematic and methodical approach to manage and mitigate such threats to the University.

Bomb threats are most commonly received by phone, but can also be made in person, via email or written note, or other communication means. Every bomb threat is unique and will be managed in context and the facility or environment in which it occurs. Campus Safety and law enforcement officials are best equipped to determine the credibility of the threat. You will never be required to do anything more than make sure Campus Safety is made aware of the threat or information that you may have, and potentially identify items in your area of responsibility that are out of place.

In addition to reviewing bomb threat plans, here are some of the procedures you should be aware of and try to commit to:

For threats made via phone:

  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Be polite; show interest to keep them talking
  • DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does
  • If possible, signal or pass a note to others to help notify authorities
  • Write down as much information as possible — caller ID number, exact wording of threat, type of voice or behavior, etc. — that will aid investigators
  • Record the call, if possible

For threats made in person, via email, or via written note:

  • Be available for interviews with facility supervisors and/or law enforcement
  • Follow authorities’ instructions. Facility supervisors and/or law enforcement will assess the situation and provide guidance regarding response, search, and/or evacuation


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