Bomb or Bomb Threat


1. Bomb threats should be taken seriously and never ignored.

2. If you receive the threat, remain calm and do not panic others.

Written Message

If a written message is received, save all materials and avoid unnecessary handling. Keep track of the following information:

  • Who found it?
  • Who else was present?
  • Where was it found or how was it delivered?
  • When was it found or delivered?
  • Who touched it?
  • Have previous threats been received?

Telephone Message

If a threat is received by telephone, in a calm voice, keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Try to obtain as much information as possible about the bomb and the caller. See Bomb Threat Checklist. If practical, do not hang up on the caller.

3. Turn off and do not use cell phones or radios.

4. Send a person to Campus Safety in the physical plant office at the corner of Seventh and Grove. Telephones or radios should not be used at this time.

5. The command center team will determine a further plan of action. Contact your supervisor or chairperson or the vice president of your area.

6. A decision on whether or not to evacuate will be based on all information received. If a decision is made to evacuate, all rooms must be evacuated. See Emergency Building Evacuation Plan for outside gathering locations.

7. Assist people with disabilities to the nearest stairwell or the closest exit. If able, assist them in exiting the building and gathering in the outside location. If you are not able to help people with disabilities exit the building, exit yourself and notify Campus Safety, the police or fire department of their location.

8. If approached by the media, please refer them to the public relations director, 785.594.8330. Do not make other statements. Especially do not say “no comment.” It is okay to tell the media, “I do not have that information right now. Please give me your number and your call will be returned.”