Bomb Threat Checklist
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.
If you consider a parcel or letter suspect:
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: