Bomb threats are managed on a case-by-case basis, based on the characteristics of the situation. Anonymous bomb calls sometimes lead to threats other than bombs. There are cases where such calls were a device to lead evacuees to real danger: a bomb in a meet-up location or an active shooter.
The decision to evacuate or secure in place is determined based on where individuals will be safest. A threat is not assumed to be inside the building. Evacuation is not always the safest response to a bomb threat. If you receive a telephone bomb threat:
- Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest. Try to keep the caller talking so that you can gather more information about the device, the validity of the threat, or the identity of the caller. Listen carefully for background noises.
- Note the phone number of the caller if your telephone has a display. You can display the number of the caller on many Ball State phones by pressing the “Inspt” button under the display panel.
- Gather as much information as possible. If possible, use the Bomb Threat Checklist to question the caller in a polite and nonthreatening manner.
- Upon completion of the call, immediately dial 911 or 765-285-1111 to notify University Police. Then complete the checklist while the call is still fresh in your memory.
- Remain available to answer questions.
- If the threat was received by another individual and he/she is relaying information to you, use the Bomb Threat Checklist to gather as much information as possible.
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