When a Bomb Threat Is Called In:
- Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask him to repeat the message. Write down every word spoken by the person. Ask for specific information such as location, time of detonation, and reason.
- If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ask for this information.
- Inform the caller that the building is occupied and the detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
- Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises such as motors running, background music, or any other sounds which may give a clue as to the location of the caller.
- Listen closely to the voice (male or female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents and speech impediments. Immediately after the caller hangs up. Report the call to the Chancellor’s Office and fill out the Bomb Threat Checklist Form as completely as possible (see copy attached).
Evacuation of Building/Campus
The Chancellor’s Office will report the information immediately to the Honolulu Police Department and the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges. The Chancellor will then evaluate the threat and decide whether to evacuate the building/campus, not to evacuate, and/or search on a limited basis. If a decision to evacuate the building/campus is made, the following actions will be taken:
- Call all security personnel on campus to report to immediate area of the building involved and to standby for further instruction. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, the designated Bomb Threat Officer, will coordinate the evacuation and search for the explosive device.
- During normal working hours, the building fire alarm will be activated. This will automatically implement action to Evacuate the building. Inform students, faculty and staff of the bomb threat and request an orderly evacuation from the building area to a designated area of the campus or complete evacuation of the campus.
- After normal working hours, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will be informed of the threat. The Director will inform the Honolulu Police Department and evaluate the threat and take appropriate action. If the director cannot be located, the Chancellor will be informed of the situation.
- After all personnel have vacated the building/campus a thorough search of the building will be coordinated by the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. Particular attention should be given to public restrooms and other public areas. Two-way radios should not be used since the radio frequency could activate the explosive device.
Location of Suspicious Object
Personnel involved in the search should be instructed that their mission is only to search for and report suspicious objects, not to move, jar, or touch the objects or anything attached thereto. The removal/disarming of an explosive device must be left to the professionals in explosive ordinance disposal.
- Report the location and accurately describe the object to the Chancellor. This information should be relayed immediately to the Honolulu Police Department.
- Evacuate the area of all other personnel involved in the search. Do not permit re-entry into the area until the device has been removed/disarmed.
- Once the device has been removed/disarmed, the search should be continued for the other devices.
Re-occupancy of Building
After a search has been completed and: 1) all located explosive devices have been removed, or 2) no explosive devices have been located, and the building is declared safe, re-entry will be permitted. The decision to permit re-entry must be made by the Chancellor.