Bomb Threats

OU Police will initiate a professional, systematic response to bomb threats and coordinate the response with other police, fire and/or disaster agencies, as necessary, to ensure the safety of all persons affected by the threat. Officers responding to such threats will assume total command of operations and all follow-up investigative activities.

Telephoned bomb threats

Employees receiving calls announcing a bomb threat should obtain as much information as possible from the caller, recording information requested on the Bomb Threat Caller Questionnaire. Every department to whom bomb threats are commonly addressed should have a copy of the questionnaire next to each telephone.

If possible, the employee receiving the bomb threat should signal neighboring employees that a bomb threat is taking place, and to notify OU Police. Departments to whom bomb threats are commonly addressed should have a predetermined hand signal for these purposes.

Immediately upon hanging up, the employee who received the threat should complete to the fullest extent possible the Bomb Threat Information Form and provide the completed form to OU Police.

Evacuation decisions
  • The chief of the OU Police Department will determine if evacuation is necessary
  • Doors to all areas evacuated will be left open upon exiting the area
Discovery of a suspected explosive device

In the event that an explosive device or suspicious package is discovered:

  • Do not touch or move anything
  • Evacuate the immediate area
  • Notify OU Police
Detonation

In the event of a detonation prior to or during evacuation, the situation will be handled as any other disaster or emergency. Contact us immediately.