Bomb Threat

All bomb threats should be treated seriously. Always assume a bomb threat is real. Since this type of threat may require the evacuation of buildings, a quick and organized response is essential to minimize the risk to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The following information is presented to assist individuals in knowing what to do when receiving a bomb threat, and when responding to a bomb threat elsewhere on campus.

Before A Bomb Threat

  • Sign up for UConn Alerts.
  • Keep a copy of the Office of Emergency Management’s Bomb Threat Answer Guide by each telephone in your department.
  • Develop a plan in your department on how the phone recipient will get the attention of someone else and how you will communicate, for example in writing or by using sign language, that there is a bomb threat from the caller.
  • Ensure that your employees know these terms:

If You Receive a Bomb Threat by Phone:

  • Remain calm and do not hang up the phone. Keep the caller on the line and try to obtain as much information as possible without angering the caller.
  • Take out and use the Office of emergency Management’s Bomb Threat Answer Guide if you have one available.
  • Write down what is displayed on your caller ID if possible.
  • Try to get someone’s attention to call 9-1-1.
  • Calmly ask the caller:
    • When is the bomb going to detonate?
    • Where is it?
    • What does it look like?
    • What will cause it to detonate?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Why did you place the bomb?
    • Who is your target?
    • What is your name?
    • Where are you calling from?
  • Record the date, time, caller’s name, location, caller’s gender, voice accent, voice quality, the emotional state, and any background noise you hear.
  • Immediately ensure 9-1-1 was called and your name/location was provided.
    • Be prepared to provide as much information as possible to authorities.
  • Notify your supervisor immediately after 9-1-1 is called.
  • Remember:
    • If the threat was left on voice mail, do not erase it.
    • Do not activate the building alarm system to evacuate.
  • Follow instructions from Emergency Personnel and UConn Alerts.

If You Receive a Threat via Email:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately and report the situation.
  • Do not delete, reply to, or forward the email.
  • Follow the instructions of Emergency Personnel.
  • Do not activate the building alarm system to evacuate.
  • Be prepared to provide as much information as possible to authorities.
  • Notify your supervisor in person or by telephone after calling 9-1-1.

If You Receive a Threat in Writing:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately and report the situation.
  • Do not touch or throw away the threat.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Be prepared to provide as much information as possible to authorities.
  • Notify your supervisor in person or by telephone after calling 9-1-1.

During a Bomb Threat

If there is an emergency (other than the bomb threat), call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Follow the instructions of Emergency Personnel and UConn Alerts.
  • Do not pull the fire alarm.
  • Leave doors and windows open.
  • Do not turn light switches on or off.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not evacuate unless directed to do so.
  • As you exit, announce the evacuation to others.

If there is a Suspicious Package with the Bomb Threat:

  • Do not touch, move, or alter the object.
  • Inform others and evacuate the immediate area.
  • Once you have left the immediate area, call 9-1-1.
    • Provide your name, location, object location, and suspicious details.
  • Write down any information you have about the object. You can give this to Emergency Personnel when they arrive before you forget.
  • Follow the instructions of Emergency Personnel and UConn Alerts.

Go to Suspicious Package for more information.

After a Bomb Threat:

  • Follow instructions until you receive the official “All Clear” order from:
  • Return to normal operations.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report anything suspicious.

Faculty and Staff

After the “All Clear” is issued and you return to normal operations, the Office of Emergency Management recommends that you discuss the Bomb Threat with your team and identify the strengths and weaknesses of how the incident went. Develop a plan for how to respond to a Bomb Threat in the future and include it in your department Emergency Operations Plan. Call the Office of Emergency Management at 860-486-5174 with any questions. Encourage your staff and faculty to sign up for UConn Alerts.