Bomb Threat Checklist
If you consider a parcel or letter suspect:
Suspicious Mail & Packages
Packages and large envelopes have been used in the past to deliver threatening devices and substances. Be cautious for any packages exhibiting the following signs: No Return Address; Restrictive Markings (Personal, Confidential); Strange Odor; Excessive Tape; Sealed with Tape; Misspelled words, Addressed to Title Only, Incorrect Title, Badly Typed or Written; Excessive Postage; Lopsided, uneven, rigid or bulky; Oily stains, discolorations or crystallization on wrapping.
Most bomb threats are received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven otherwise.
Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain as much information as possible.
In the event of a bomb threat received by phone:
Write a note to a colleague to call the 911 immediately, or as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself. If possible, do this from a separate phone.
Do NOT use a cell phone or two-way radio. Radio signals can detonate a bomb.
If possible have another person contact the Building Management office at the same time, or as quickly as possible.
In the event of a handwritten bomb threat by note or letter:
In the event of an e-mailed bomb threat: