BOMB THREAT PROCEDURES
A suspicious-looking box, package, object or
container in or near your work area may be a bomb or explosive material. Do not
handle or touch the object. Move to a safe area and call University Police
immediately at Ext. 36222 or 410-543-6222. Use a telephone in a safe area. Do
not operate any power switch, and do not activate the fire alarm.
If you receive a bomb threat (via the
Stay calm and keep your voice calm
Pay close attention to details. Talk to the
caller to obtain as much information as possible
Take notes. Ask questions:
When will it explode?
Where is it right now?
What does it look like?
What kind of bomb is it?
Where did you leave it?
Did you place the bomb?
Who is the target?
Why did you plant it?
What is your address?
What is your name?
Observe the caller’s:
Speech patterns (accent, tone)
Emotional state (angry, agitated, calm,
Background noise (traffic, people
talking and accents, music and type, etc.)
Age and gender
Write down other data:
Date and time of call
How threat was received (letter, note,
Call University Police and submit your notes
from the telephone call or the bomb threat letter or note to University
Follow police instructions
If you are told by emergency responders to
evacuate the building:
Check your work area for unfamiliar items.
Do not touch suspicious items; report them to campus authorities
Take personal belongings when you leave
Leave doors and windows open; do not turn
light switches on or off
Use stairs only; do not use elevators
Move well away from the building and follow
instructions from emergency responders
EXPLOSION ON CAMPUS:
In the event an explosion, take the following action:
- Immediately take cover under a table, desk, or other object that will
give protection against falling glass or debris.
- After the immediate effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided,
notify the University Police Ext. 36222 or 410-543-6222.
- Give your name and describe the location and nature of the emergency.
- If necessary, or when directed to do so, activate the building alarm
- When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or when you are told by
University officials to leave, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and
advise others to do the same. Assist those with disabilities in exiting the
building! Remember that elevators are reserved for them. Do not use
elevators in case of fire.
- Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from
the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency
vehicles and crews. Report to your “emergency assembly point” as soon as
- If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
- A Command Post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the
Command Post unless you have official business.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a