Bomb Threat Plan

The Drury University Bomb Threat Plan has been developed to ensure the safety of Drury University faculty, staff and students. It is the responsibility of all persons to read this plan and periodically review it in order to know what to do in case of a bomb threat.

A bomb threat against the university may be made by telephone or letter. A telephone threat will come directly from an individual, from a law enforcement agency that has received the bomb threat, or someone who has become aware of such information.

Direct Telephone Bomb Threats

If a bomb threat is telephoned directly to the university, the person who received the call should do the following:

  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask the caller to repeat the message. Make a record of every word spoken by the person on the phone. Do not hang up the phone. Emergency personnel will need the line open to attempt to trace the call.
  • If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the possible time of detonation, you should ask for this information.
  • Inform the caller that the building is occupied and the detonation of a bomb could result in the death or serious injury of innocent people.
  • Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises, such as motors running, background music, and any other noise which may give a clue as to the location of the caller.
  • Listen closely to the voice (male, female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents and speech impediments. Immediately after the caller hangs up, you should report this information to the Director of Security at 873-7400. Since the law enforcement personnel will want to talk first-hand with the person who received the call, he or she should remain available until they appear.

Indirect Telephone Bomb Threats

If a bomb threat against the university is received by a law enforcement agency such as the Treasury Department or the FBI, that agency will immediately contact the university. The switchboard will transfer the call to the Director of Security, who will initiate the appropriate form of action.

Written Threats

If a bomb threat is made through a written communication, the following steps should be taken:

  • Save all materials, including any envelope or container.
  • Once a message is recognized as a bomb threat, further unnecessary handling should be avoided.
  • Every possible effort must be made to retain evidence such as fingerprints, handwriting or typewriting, paper and postal marks which are essential to tracing the threat and identifying the writer.

Bomb Threat Evacuation

If the decision is made to evacuate a building, everyone should be moved to an area at least 300 feet out of the way of bomb disposal. Evacuated parties should remain in open areas and away from parked vehicles. After security has found the buildings to be vacated, they will lock all exterior doors and take up positions to prevent anyone from entering the area. They will also assist in securing doors as needed.