Bomb Threat Procedures

Remember...Stay calm.  Help others remain calm.  When you are reporting an emergency situation give concise, accurate answers to the 911 operator. Do not hang up until told to do so.
The Campus Safety and Police phone number is 278-5555—on campus ext. 5555.

A.The primary goal of the bomb threat procedure is to minimize injury to people, damage to the facility, and avoid disrupting normal schedules. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for handling bomb threats and actual bomb emergencies. All bomb threats should be taken seriously and any employee receiving a telephone bomb threat should attempt to remember all details of the conversation. Employees should never take safety for granted.

B.If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT! Clear the area and immediately notify Campus Safety and Police by dialing (336) 278-5555.

C. If you RECEIVE a Bomb Threat:

  1. Remain calm in obtaining as much information from the caller as is possible. For help with proceeding, view the Bomb Threat Report Form .
  2. If your building is the OBJECT OF THE THREAT, call 911 immediately and alert all persons in the threatened area to evacuate. University employees are suggested to make a cursory inspection of their area for suspicious objects, and report their findings to law enforcement upon arrival. Remember not to approach or touch suspicious objects.
  3. If you receive a threat of another building or location in the area call 911 immediately. A Campus Police Officer will be dispatched to handle the necessary evacuation. Again, provide your location and name and number for contact.
  4. Provide concise, accurate information to the operator. DO NOT HANG UP UNTIL ASKED TO DO SO.
  5. Make yourself available to responding authorities in the event that additional information is required.
  6. As a reminder, the Bomb Threat Report Form serves as a guide to what information concerning the call is necessary to diffuse the situation in a safe and timely manner.

E.What  NOT  To Do!

  • Do NOT panic!
  • Do NOT look for the bomb!
  • Do NOT give any information about the bomb threat to anyone except Law Enforcement Personnel.
  • Do NOT give any statement to the media. Press releases will be coordinated from the University Relations Department.

F.  The senior Elon University Police Officer on the scene is the official in charge at the scene and all communications should go through him/her.