Bomb Threats

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 telephone):

  • 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:
    1. When will it explode?
    2. Where is it right now?
    3. What does it look like
    4. Did you place the bomb?
    5. Who is the target?
    6. Why did you plant it?
  • Observe the caller’s:
    1. Speech patterns (accent, tone)
    2. Emotional state (angry, agitated, calm, etc.)
    3. Background noise (traffic, people talking and accents, music and type, etc.)
    4. Age and gender
  • Write down other data:
    1. Date and time of call
    2. How threat was received (letter, note, telephone)
  • Call University Police and submit your notes from the telephone call or the bomb threat letter or note to University Police
  • 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