Be watchful of and report any packages or items of a suspicious nature. If you receive a threatening call of any nature, the following information should be gathered (bomb threat cards are available through the Office of Campus Safety):
- Keep the caller on the telephone as long as possible. Do not hang up!
- Take note of the date and exact time the call was received.
- Note any background noises such as radio, television, conversation, music and traffic.
- Note if a specific person was asked for by the caller.
- Note whether the conversation began with a threat.
- Note whether the voice was male, female, disguised or familiar.
- Note if the caller had a recognizable accent, apparent speech impediment or mispronunciation of words.
- Note if the person laughed or giggled, or sounded angry, calm or incoherent.
- Attempt to obtain answers to the following:
- Location of the bomb
- Detonation time
- Why was it placed
Immediately following the threatening call, notify the Office of Campus Safety, (816) 584-6444 (ext. 6444 from campus phones). Local law enforcement will be notified immediately and if necessary, employees/students will be contacted to evacuate the building if necessary.
Report to your building or area coordinator for further instruction. If you are evacuated from the building, do not return to the building until told to do so by your building or area coordinator.
If you receive a suspicious letter or package, do not panic and immediately call the Office of Campus Safety, (816) 584-6444 (ext. 6444 from campus phones). Emergency personnel will respond and cordon off the area to minimize any exposure in the event a substance on the letter or package is hazardous.
Some signs of a suspicious letter or package include:
- No return address or restrictive markings such as “personal.”
- Excessive tape.
- Misspelled words or badly typed/written.
- Unknown powder or substance, including oily stains, discoloration or crystallization.
- Excessive postage.
- Strange odor.
- Protruding wires.
In the event of a suspicious letter or package:
- Do not open if it appears to be empty.
- Do not move it and isolate it if possible, keeping others away.
- Do not clean, smell or taste any substances that may be on the letter/package.
- If possible, cover the substance and/or letter/package with a trash can or plastic.
- Do not brush any substances off your clothing and do not leave the area.