Wayne State University

Bomb Threats

Bomb Threats/Suspicious Packages

Telephone and bomb threats can be received by any person at any time.  Mail bombs or bomb threats may be received by a number of means including standard mail and package delivery.  If you receive or discover a suspicious package or foreign device, DO NOT TOUCH IT, TAMPER WITH IT, OR MOVE IT.  IMMEDIATELY CALL WSU POLICE DEPARTMENT  AT 577-2222.

If you receive a written threat or parcel or are suspicious of a mailing and unable to verify the contents with the addressee or sender:

  1. Remain calm and notify WSU Police Department at 577-2222.
  2. Do not touch or move the article.
  3. Do not attempt to open the article.
  4. Save all packaging materials.
  5. Isolate the article and evacuate the immediate area.
  6. Do not place article in water or in a confined space such as a desk drawer.
  7. Do not use a portable radio within 100' of the article.
  8. Write down everything you remember about the letter or parcel.

If you receive a telephone bomb threat:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Keep caller on the line as long as possible, listening carefully, noting the time of the call and the telephone number it came in on.
  3. Ask the caller the following questions:
    1. Where is the bomb?
    2. When will it explode?
    3. What does the bomb look like?
    4. What kind of bomb is it?
    5. What is the caller's name?
    6. Are you a student or employee?
  4. Write down any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller, accents, and patterns of speech.
  5. Notify WSU Police Department at 577-2222 after call has concluded.