There are only two reasonable explanations for a call reporting that there is a bomb in a particular location
- The caller has knowledge or believes that an explosive device has been placed in the location and he/she wants to minimize personal injury or property damage.
- The caller wants to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic to disrupt normal activities.
The vast majority of bomb threats turn out to be a hoax; however, it is practically impossible to determine immediately whether the threat is real or a hoax.
When a bomb threat is called in, use the Bomb Threat Checklist and keep the following in mind:
- The receiver of the call should keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask him/her to repeat the message. Record on paper every word spoken by the person.
- Use the Bomb Threat Checklist (link shown above). If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ask the caller for this information.
- Inform the caller that the building/area is occupied and detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
- Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises such as, motors running, background music, and any other noise, which may give a clue as to the location of the caller.
- Listen closely to the voice (male, female) and voice quality (calm, excited). Report this information immediately to the Dean On-Call at 309-337-5713, and complete the Bomb Threat Checklist.
- Based on the situation, evacuation of the building may be warranted. The Monmouth Police Department will assist in searching Monmouth College buildings. Employees should report the location of any suspicious objects to Campus Safety or the Dean On-Call. Do not touch any objects! Do not open drawers, cabinets, or turn lights on or off.
- Upon receipt of the call, the Dean On-Call will notify the Monmouth Police Department of any bomb threats and convene the other members of the Crisis Response Team.
- Do not interrupt the caller.