• Emergency Response Guide

    Bomb Threats / Found Devices

    The following guidelines shall govern the activities of students and/or employees of Triton College in the event that a bomb threat is made or that an incendiary or explosive device is found on campus. This guideline also addresses suspicious packages.

    NOTE : Do not use two way radios or cell phones within 500ft of a suspected package or device.

    Any Triton College student or employee receiving notification of a bomb threat or the discovery of any suspected explosive or incendiary device shall immediately contact the Triton Police Department at Ext. 3206, 3207, 3208, or at 456-6911 (direct line) or Emergency House Phone, dial 11. or dial 911.

    Upon receiving such notification by telephone, the person receiving the call shall make every effort to obtain the following information:
       •  Time of detonation.
       •  Exact location of the device or package.
       •  Description of the device (What is it in or how is it concealed).
       •  Name of caller and/or organization affiliation.
       •  Location of caller.
       •  Phone number of telephone from which call was received on.
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    Any other information as to the location of the device or description of caller and/or his/her location (speech, background noises, exact language used, special identifying characteristics, sex, race, age, etc.).

    Upon making notification to the police department, each student or employee shall also report the identity of any persons who may have overheard the call, whether or not the call was recorded and other information as directed by the police official. Bomb threat calls should not be discussed with any other personnel.

    If the bomb threat is left on voice mail, save the call and contact police. Do not share the call with other employees or students until the police arrive.

    Legitimate bomb threat callers normally express concern over human safety. Additional information may be obtained if the person receiving the call expresses an interest in saving lives.

    The Bomb Threat Checklist should be used to provide the most complete and accurate recording of information. The Bomb Threat Checklist is located at the switchboard. The responding officer may also provide employees with a checklist. Finally, reference to the Bomb Threats is outlined in the Triton College Emergency Response Guide (flipchart) provided to employees.

    Not every bomb threat will result in an evacuation of the building. Police officials, along with the Administrator-in-Charge, will evaluate the bomb threat to determine the best course of action.

    One may be directed to search their work area for any suspicious packages or objects that appear out of place and report on their findings. Other situations may result in evacuation and/or a search by trained bomb technicians or search dogs.