Bomb Incident Plan

  1. It is the policy of the college that all bomb threats are to be taken seriously. Each threat will be thoroughly investigated and will be considered suspect until all avenues of investigation have been explored.

  2. 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 (far from the object) and call the Department of Public Safety immediately at ext. 6888. Do not operate any electronic devices, radios or light (power) switches.

  3. If you receive a bomb threat, remain calm and try to obtain as much information as possible from the caller. Specifically try to ascertain the following:

    1. The location of the device.
    2. The time, if any, the device is scheduled to go off.
    3. The appearance or type of container used for the device.
    4. The reason for placing the device.
    5. The size of the bomb.
    6. The type of explosive used in the device.
    7. The name of the caller or organization taking responsibility.
    8. Any additional information that might be available.
  4. The person receiving the call should note the following:

    1. Male or female voice.
    2. Time of call.
    3. Mood of caller (excited, nervous, calm, and despondent).
    4. Background noises that may be present at the location of the caller.
    5. Approximate age of the caller.
    6. Any other peculiarities that may be helpful in identifying the source of the call or its purpose.
  5. The police will be called and unless unusual circumstances exist, the building in question will be evacuated. When evacuating the building, only use stairs. Do not use elevators. Move well away from the building and follow the instructions of emergency personnel at the scene.

  6. If there is an explosion:

    1. Immediately take cover under sturdy furniture.
    2. Stay away from the windows.
    3. Do not light matches.
    4. Move well away from the site of the explosion to a safe location.
    5. Use stairs only, do not use elevators.

What You Can Do When There Is a Bomb Threat

Although a bomb threat may seem rare, they happen every day across the nation. Reacting quickly and safely to a bomb threat could save lives, including your own. To get a copy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bomb Threat Checklist used in this video, go to the DHS website.

For more information on other bombing prevention materials, please visit

This video was developed by the University of Central Florida, Department of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Office for Bombing Prevention within the Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection.