Bomb Threat or Package

icon of a suspicious package that may contain a bomb

Call 9-911 from an on-campus phone and 911 from a cell phone to report an emergency that needs immediate assistance from police and rescue personnel.

If you receive a bomb threat or if you observe a suspicious object/material or suspect a potential bomb on campus, immediately call the Office of Public Safety at 401.865.2222 or press the emergency button on any Blue Light phone.

If you find a suspicious object/material:

  • DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT OR MATERIAL
  • IMMEDIATELY evacuate the area.
  • Call the Office of Public Safety at 401.865.2222 or press the emergency button on any Blue Light phone.
  • Report the location and description of the object.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not activate the building alarm.
  • Do not open drawers or cabinets.
  • Do not turn on/off electrical devices or switches (light switches, cell phones, radios, or any other kind of electrical device).
  • Be alert for secondary explosive devices (bombs placed at the scene of an ongoing response meant to cause casualties among responders).

If you receive a bomb threat phone call:

  • Keep the caller on line as long as possible, do not put the caller on hold or attempt to transfer the call.
  • If possible, have someone else call 911
  • Ask the caller the following questions:
  • When will the bomb go off?
  • What will cause the bomb to explode?
  • Where is the bomb? Which building?
  • What kind of bomb is it? Describe it. Describe materials used.
  • Why did you place the bomb?
  • What is your name?

Record the Exact Wording of the Bomb Threat:

  • Note the time that the call was made.
  • Listen closely to the caller’s voice and speech patterns.
  • Make note of the caller’s emotional state.
  • Listen carefully for background noises around the call.
  • Try to assess the caller’s approximate age, sex and any unusual characteristics.

WHEN THE CALL HAS FINISHED, IMMEDIATELY CALL THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AT 401.865.2222.