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Bomb Threats and Suspicious Packages on Campus

Bomb Threats and Suspicious Packages on Campus

Revised 2015.04.10

Important: Report ALL Bomb Threat Calls Immediately to University Police at 475-5711 or 9-1-1.

This video, developed by the University of Central Florida, in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Office for Bombing Prevention within the National Protection and Programs Directorate's Office of Infrastructure Protection, teaches viewers how to respond in the event they receive a bomb threat.

Bomb Threat

Immediately call University Police after receiving a bomb threat. In most cases bomb threats will be received by telephone. University Police will determine if evacuation or other action is necessary.
If you receive a telephoned threat:
  • Remain calm and get as much information as possible.
  • If possible, signal another person and write a note explaining that the call is a bomb threat. The other person should then alert University Police.
  • Note the exact time of the call and attempt to write down the exact words of the caller.
Ask the caller:
  • When the bomb is set to explode?
  • What kind of bomb it is?
  • Where it is located?
  • What it looks like?
  • Who the caller is?
  • Why are they doing this?
Fill out the BOMB THREAT CARD and give it to police upon arrival.
If you receive a written bomb threat, do not handle it any more than necessary. Place it in an envelope to preserve possible fingerprints.

Suspicious Packages

Suspicious packages can come in all shapes and sizes. In general terms, a suspicious package is any bag, box, backpack, package or other item left unattended or that otherwise seems out of place. For example, a package on a mailroom counter is not necessarily suspicious. But place that same unattended package on a train station platform, it becomes suspicious.
Suspicious packages should be immediately reported to University Police. University Police will determine if evacuation or other action is necessary.
Typical characteristics of suspicious letters and packages include:
  • misspelled words.
  • unexpected.
  • Restrictive markings such as "Personal" or "Confidential".
  • Postmark does not match return address.
  • Badly typed or written.
  • Excessive postage.
  • No return address.
  • Wrong title or name in address.
  • Excessive tape or string.
  • Protruding wires.
  • Strange odor.
  • Crystals or powder-like residue.
  • Oily stains, discolorations or crystallization on wrapping.
  • Lopsided, rigid or bulky package.
  • ticking sounds
If you receive a suspicious package:
  • Handle it with care. Don’t shake or bump it.
  • Isolate it immediately.
  • Don’t open, smell or taste.
  • Call 911 and follow police directives.
  • Wash your hands with soap or water.