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Potential Threats

Bomb Threats

Keep calm and keep the caller on the line as long as possible.

IMPORTANT: Write down the name and number that appears on the caller ID display.

Questions to ask the caller:

  1. When is the bomb going to explode?
  2. Is the bomb in a building or elsewhere?
  3. Exactly where is the bomb?
  4. What does the bomb look like?
  5. What kind of bomb is it?
  6. What will cause it to explode?
  7. Did you place the bomb? If not you, then who?
  8. What is the reason for the bomb?
  9. What is your name?
  10. What is your address?

The following is also very important:

  1. Time of the call
  2. Gender and age of the caller
  3. Emotional behavior of the caller (nervous, laughing, crying, breathing hard, accent, etc.)
  4. All or part of the exact words used by the caller

Call 8911 to notify Campus Police.

If you are an employee, perform a quick search of your area to identify suspicious or unfamiliar packages or items.

If you find a suspicious item:

  • Do not pull the fire alarm.
  • Do not touch the suspicious item.
  • Leave the immediate area. If it is safe to do so, take your personal belongings.
  • Call 8911 to notify Campus Police.

Suspicious Mail

If a McLennan employee decides that a letter or package is “suspicious” after comparing it to the FBI Advisory Bulletin (above), the following steps should be taken:

  • Do not handle the item suspected of contamination.
  • Isolate anyone who has been exposed to a suspicious substance.
  • Make sure the suspicious letter/package is isolated and the immediate area is closed off.
  • Call 8911 or 299-8911 to notify Campus Police.
  • If the item meets the criteria of the FBI Advisory Bulletin (above), the Crisis Committee or the Chief of Police will activate the appropriate Emergency Operations Plan and contact the Waco Fire and Police departments and the FBI.