Crisis Protocol: Bomb Threat


The reporting of an explosive device or suspected explosive device, which is believed to be a threat to life and/or property.

Procedure - Telephone threat

Keep the caller on the telephone, ask and record:

  • Where is the bomb located?
  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • Why did you place the bomb there?

Document the following information for the responding police officer:

  • Time of the call
  • Age and sex of the caller
  • Speech pattern, accent, possible nationality/region
  • Emotional state of the caller
  • Any background noise
  • If you can get the attention of someone in the office write down "call Public Safety."
  • If you are unable to get assistance, as soon as you end the telephone call, IMMEDIATELY contact the Department of Public Safety.

Procedure - Written Threat

If a letter threat is received, it should be preserved for the police department.

To preserve fingerprints, it should not be handled once the letter is opened. IMMEDIATELY call the Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety in cooperation with the Detroit Fire Department shall determine the necessity of searching and/or evacuating the building. DO NOT TOUCH ANY SUSPICIOUS OBJECTS. Do not open drawers, cabinets, turn lights on/off, or transmit over the radio.

If evacuation is necessary, quietly evacuate the building and move occupants to a safe location.

  • Assist those with mobility difficulty in exiting the building. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF A FIRE.
  • Once outside, proceed to the Gathering Point identified for your building.
  • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • DO NOT return to the building until you are told to do so by the Department of Public Safety or University official.
  • The Building Coordinator will take attendance and assist in accounting for all building occupants.