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Staying Safe on Campus

East Tennessee State University

Bomb Threat
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If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Stay composed.
  • If you have caller ID, write down the number displayed. 
  • Get the attention of someone nearby and tell them to call 911 immediately.
  • Keep the caller on the phone by asking the following questions:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is it right now?
    • What does it look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • What is your name?
    • What is your address?
  • Relay information to first responders as soon as possible and follow their directions.
  • Cooperate with the arriving emergency personnel while they evaluate the threat.
  • Follow police (or emergency personnel) orders to evacuate to your building's assembly point.
  • Alert others to evacuate if there is an immediate threat.


Bomb Threat Checklist 

Making a false bomb threat is not a victimless prank. It ties up response resources that could be needed for a real
emergency and can negatively affect reactions in the event of an actual bomb threat.

A false bomb threat will be turned over to the proper legal authorities for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
Making a false bomb threat will also be considered cause for disciplinary action, up to and including, expulsion for 
students and termination for employees.

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