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Hartnell College Emergency Information: What to Do in Case of Bomb Threat or Detonation
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What to do in case of Bomb Threat or Detonation


Immediate Actions:

USE BOMB THREAT CHECKLISTopens in a new window (PDF)

Remain calm and keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask him/her to repeat the message. Record every word spoken by the person. If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ask for this information. Inform the caller that the building is occupied and the detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.

  • Pay particular attention to background noises, such as motors running, music playing, and any other noise, which may give a clue as to the location of the caller. Listen closely to the voice (male, female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents, and impediments. Immediately after the caller hangs up, complete the Bomb Threat Checklist (see link above) call 9-1-1 (8-9-1-1 if calling from campus phone).

Written Bomb Threat:

When a written threat is received, save all materials, including any envelope or container. Try not to handle these materials more than necessary. Call 8-9-1-1 from on campus phones.

Suspicious Object or Potential Bomb

  1. If you see a suspicious object or potential bomb, DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT. DO NOT TURN ROOM OR OFFICE LIGHTS ON OR OFF. Move yourself and other away from the suspected object.
  2. Notify 8-9-1-1 from campus phones or 831-758-7321 from cell phones, giving your name, location and telephone number. Give them all the information you have. Do not hang up until told to do so.
  3. Inform faculty or staff member, your on-campus work supervisor/department head.
  4. Officers will conduct a detailed bomb search. Faculty may make a cursory inspection of your area for suspicious objects, but:
    • Do not open drawers or cabinets
    • Do not turn lights or any electrical switch on or off.
    • Report any suspicious object, device or package but DO NOT touch it, tamper with it, or move it in any way.
  5. If you are instructed to evacuate (the police may elect not to use fire alarms):
    • Students and staff must quickly collect their possessions and proceed to assigned evacuation staging areas (at least 500 feet from buildings). Assist persons with disabilities.
    • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
    • Assist emergency crews as necessary, if requested.