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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Security

Bomb Threats

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/security/emergencies/bombthreat.html

If you receive and/or overhear a bomb threat, immediately call MSU Security at (507) 389-2111. You should complete the Bomb Threat Checklist as thoroughly as possible and submit it to MSU Security and/or emergency response personnel.

DO NOT ACTIVATE THE RED FIRE ALARM BOX, AS DOING SO MAY ACTIVATE A BOMB.

Threats may be communicated in a number of ways: via telephone, paper correspondence, email, or otherwise. Please follow the guidelines set forth above. Additionally, the following measure should be taken:

  • WRITTEN THREATS – Anyone receiving a bomb threat in writing should handle the correspondence as little as possible.
  • EMAILED THREATS - Persons receiving bomb threat via email should leave the message on the computer. The person receiving the email should remain at the computer and not allow anyone to interfere and/or tamper with the message until Security arrives.
  • OTHER THREATS – Anyone receiving a bomb threat in person and/or overhearing such a threat should obtain the following information if possible and practical: the name of the suspect, time and location of the threat, witnesses, exact wording of the threat and any other relevant information.

Evacuation

  • If circumstances require that evacuation efforts are necessary, MSU Security or emergency personnel will direct those affected to appropriate locations.
  • If an evacuation is taking place, turn off all cell phones and leave immediate area (at least 300 feet).
  • Building(s) may be re-entered only after clearance is given by MSU Security or emergency personnel.

Bomb Threat Checklist:

Questions to Ask Caller:

  1. When is the bomb going to explode?
  2. Where is the bomb?
  3. What does it look like?
  4. What kind of bomb is it?
  5. What will cause it to explode?
  6. Did you place the bomb?
  7. Why?
  8. What is your name?
  9. Where are you at?

Exact Wording of the Threat:

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Other Identifying Characteristics:

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Number at which call is received:

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Time:

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Date:

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Caller Voice:

Calm Nasal  Angry  Stutter Excited 

Lisp Slow  Raspy  Rapid  Deep

Soft  Ragged  Loud  Clearing throat

Laughter  Deep breathing  Crying

Cracking voice  Normal  Disguised

Distinct accent  Slurred  Familiar

Whispered

Background Sounds:

Street noises  Factory machinery

Crockery  Animal noises  Voices

Clear □ PA System □ Static  Music

Local  House noises  Long distance

Motor  Office machinery

Threat Language:

Well-spoken (educated)   Incoherent

Taped  Foul  Irrational

Message read by threat maker

REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO SECURITY (EXT: 2111)