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Terrorism/Threat Disasters

Bomb Threats

Most threats are received over the phone but it could also be a note or suspicious package.

Remain calm

  • Call Security (or 911 if it seems imminent) as soon as you are able, or have someone else do it
    • Security Office Phone Number – ext. 2230 or 260.399.2805
    • Security Cellphone Number – 260-740-6642
  • If the threat is over the phone, use the below checklist and do not hang up the phone unless you have no other choice.
  • If the threat is a note, email, or text message
    • Take the evidence to security as quickly as possible
    • Do not damage or delete
  • If the item is a suspicious package
    • Back away from the area and tell others to stay back
    • Contact Security immediately
  • Evacuate the area
    • Pull the fire pull handle to allow others to calmly evacuate. Do not shout that there is a bomb threat to avoid panic.


Immediately take cover under tables, desks or other objects that will give protection against falling glass or debris.

If necessary, or when directed to do so, activate the building alarm. CAUTION: If the alarm fails to go off, report the emergency by phone to the Safety & Security office.

After the effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided, call 911 and notify the Safety & Security office (ext. 2230 or direct line 260-399-2805 or cell 260-740-6642). Give your name and describe the location and nature of the emergency.

When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or when told to leave by university officials, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.

Assist the handicapped in exiting the building. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE.

Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Know your area assembly points.

DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by Safety & Security, crisis management team member or senior leader.

Following the evacuation, report to your designated assembly point and remain there until attendance can be taken by the building coordinator to account for all building occupants.