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Bomb Threat 

Bomb Threat Telephone Checklist Form

Immediately after the call, notify the Campus Security Department at 425-5372 or cell phone number 563-449-2841. If you are unable to contact security you may contact the Office of Student Development at 425-5214 or 425-5215. These offices will in turn make contact with the proper individuals and authorities.

Note: Do not use the phone that the call came in on to call for assistance, that phone will be used to trace the location of where the call came from. Unless there is an immediate emergency threat, stand by at your location for either security or law enforcement prior to any other actions.

Letter and Parcel Bomb Recognition Points

The following are characteristics of suspicious packages that come through the mail, and one or combination of these recognition points should put up a mental “red flag”:

1. Foreign mail, air mail and special delivery.
2. Restrictive marking such as confidential, personal, etc.
3. Excessive postage.
4. Hand written or poorly typed addresses, homemade labels or cut and paste lettering.
5. Incorrect titles.
6. Titles but no names.
7. Misspellings of common words.
8. Oily stains or discolorations, emit a peculiar odor.
9. No return address.
10. Excessive weight.
11. Rigid envelope.
12. Lopsided or uneven envelope.
13. Protruding wires or tinfoil.
14. Excessive securing material - masking tape (several different types of tape may be used), string, etc.
15. Visual distractions such as fragile, handle with care, rush to not delay.
16. Irregular shape or parcel may have soft spots or bulges.
17. Parcel bombs may make a buzzing or ticking noise or a sloshing sound.
18. A pressure or resistance may be noted when removing contents from an envelope or parcel.

Package(s) Left by an Unknown Person on University Grounds or the Immediate Vicinity

1. Package may be of any size, shape, color or material, i.e. Paper wrapped package, paper sack, cardboard box, attaché case, etc.
2. Package usually appears to be out of place to the office or building users.
3. Package may be hidden.

5 Stages of an Explosion

If an explosion does occur there are 5 stages that will occur. They will occur within a second of the explosion:

1. Fire ball
2. Concussion wave (this can destroy internal organs)
3. Fragmentation (moves at 18,000 feet per second)
4. Reverse concussion wave
5. Crater

University Response to Bomb Threat

If a bomb threat has been received by Upper Iowa University, certain individuals need to be contacted so that they can determine the course of action taken by the University, whether it is to evacuate the school or to ignore the threat all together. Those individuals are as follows

  • Fayette Campus Chief Academic Officer at 563-425-5284
  • Academic Extension President at 563-425-5201

In addition if and when the University is searched for an explosive device faculty, staff and perhaps even students may be asked to assist. The reason for this is that these individuals are familiar with the University.

Student rosters should be kept current. It is possible that the individual who made the threat is a student and a current list would assist law enforcement.

The State Fire Marshall Office recommends a minimum safe distance of 100 meters for any bomb threat; this is primarily for homemade pipe bombs and other explosives of that size. Larger explosive devices, i.e. the size of a moving truck (Oklahoma City Bombing) a minimum distance of a quarter mile are recommended. If a biological or chemical threat were made in conjunction with the explosive threat evacuation of the entire city of Fayette would not be out of the question.

Any and all media inquiry should go through The Office of Communications and Marketing. 

Faculty, Staff and Student Procedures

1. All faculty, staff, and students should make a preliminary search around their immediate areas, class rooms and residence rooms for any suspicious items.
2. All faculty, staff and students, as they evacuate the University will remove the items that they brought into class or the office with them (i.e. book bags, gym bags, radio’s). Faculty and staff should unplug everything that is in their class room or office.
3. Windows and doors will be left open to help dissipate any explosive force.
4. All cabinets, desk, drawers, rooms and offices will be left unlocked to make it easier for the searchers for when the school is searched and cleared.
5. When evacuation of a building is accomplished, only authorized personnel are permitted entry until the threat is resolved.
6. Personnel evacuated from the University grounds will remove themselves a minimum of 100 meters from the University buildings, possibly more depending on the threat that was made and what
if any explosive material is located.
7. The heads of each department will be accountable for their staff. The Office of Student Service with the R.A’s will ensure that Garbee Hall is evacuated.

Things That Should Not Be Done

1. DO NOT key hand held radios and transmit.
2. DO NOT handle any explosive device or suspected explosive device or suspect packages.
3. DO NOT allow anyone, faculty, staff or student access to or near the proximity of the explosive device.
4. DO NOT try to move the explosive device or enclose it to minimize effects of an explosion.
5. DO NOT use cellular telephones.
6. DO NOT pull the fire alarms to evacuate any buildings.
7. If an explosive device is inside of a container DO NOT open the container.

Any one of the above events could trigger an explosive device if it is on University property.

Secondary Device

Domestic terrorist in recent years have planted two explosive devices. The first to destroy there target and second to destroy responding emergency personal. The following guidelines need to be followed with the secondary device in mind:

1. Gas and power lines need to be shut off after the first explosion to minimize damage of a secondary explosion.|
2. Think about where the secondary device may be, anticipate its location when you respond to the scene.
3. NO radio or cellular phone communication within 100 meters of threat area.
4. Be aware of the damage area after the explosion, i.e. weakened structure, gas lines, debris, etc. all of these can increase the effectiveness of a secondary device.
5. Be aware of any and all potential evidence that you might be taking with you when you leave. Items such as clothing, shrapnel from the explosive device, hair fibers, or anything that might assist law enforcement in their investigation.
6. Gas and power lines need to be shut off after the first explosion to minimize damage of a secondary explosion

Bomb Incident After Action Report

A. Nature of incident

1. Who received the call?
2. Where was the call received?
           a. What was the telephone number of the line to which the call was made (to trace the last call press star 69)
3. What was the date and time of call?
4. What did caller say, and what was the response of the receiver, if any?
5. Was the caller male or female?
6. What was the approximate age of the caller?
7. Were there any unusual speech characteristics of the caller such as a lisp, accent, dialect, etc.?

B. Action taken

1. Who was notified immediately after the call was received?
2. What was the time of evacuation, if applicable?
3. What search techniques were employed?
4. What was discovered, if anything?
5. What time did personnel re-enter the building, if there was an evacuation?

Bomb Discovery

A. Nature of incident

1. How was the bomb discovered?
2. Where was the bomb discovered?
3. Who discovered the bomb?
4. What was the date and time of discovery?
5. Was it established that only one bomb existed?
6. What is the description of the device?