Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Health & Safety

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Bomb Threat

The presence of an explosive device and/or the reception of a bomb threat are situations that the University must be prepared to confront in a calm and professional manner. Although many bomb threats turn out to be false, they must be taken seriously to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, staff and visitors at EMU.

A bomb threat could be written, received electronically (e-mail, text message), communicated verbally or received by phone. The majority of bomb threats are delivered by telephone. Generally, a bomb threat call is made for one of two reasons:

  1. The caller has definite knowledge about the explosive device and wants to minimize personal injury.
  2. The caller wants to disrupt normal activities by creating anxiety and panic.
    • DO NOT use two-way radio or cellular phone; radio signals can cause a detonation.
    • DO NOT evacuate the building until police arrive and evaluate the threat.
    • DO NOT activate the fire alarm. DO NOT touch or move a suspicious package.

Threat Received By Telephone

Bomb Threat sign
  1. Take the caller seriously. Assume the threat is real.
  2. If you have a digital phone, look for and record the originating phone number.
  3. While the caller is speaking to you on the phone, fill out the "Bomb Threat Checklist.
  4. If possible, do not hang up the phone. Have a co-worker call EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 or 911. If you are alone, call immediately after hanging up.
  5. Make every attempt to:
    • Stay calm and indicate your desire to cooperate with the caller.
    • DO NOT antagonize or challenge the caller.
    • Obtain as much information as possible. Prolong the conversation as long as possible. Ask permission to repeat any instructions to make sure they were understood.
    • Attempt to determine the caller's knowledge of the facility.
    • Identify background noises.
    • Contact your Building Administrator.
    • Insure that the "Bomb Threat Checklist” is completed.
  6. If directed to evacuate, follow building evacuation procedures.

Threat Received by E-Mail / Text Message

  1. DO NOT delete the e-mail/text message.
  2. Call EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 or 911.
  3. Forward the e-mail as directed by Public Safety.
  4. Contact your Building Administrator.
  5. If directed to evacuate, follow building evacuation procedures.

Threat By Mail

  1. Call EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 or 911.
  2. Handle mail as minimally as possible.
  3. Contact your Building Administrator.
  4. If directed to evacuate, follow building evacuation procedures.

Threat By Handwritten Note

  1. Call EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 or 911.
  2. Handle note as minimally as possible.
  3. Contact the Building Administrator.
  4. If directed to evacuate, follow building evacuation procedures.