Bomb Threat Procedures - Paterson

Wanaque Library interior

BOMB THREAT PROCEDURES


The following procedures should be followed in the event you receive a phone call, a verbal or physical threat, suspicious mail or package.


RECEIVING AND REPORTING THE THREAT


Remain calm, DIAL 911/notify Public Safety 973 684-5403 from any office phone.


Any bomb threat should be treated as real until proven otherwise.


Suspicious Packages


• Unidentified or suspicious object(s) should not be moved and reported to Public Safety. Common characteristics of a suspicious package are; an unexpected delivery, the lack of a return address, excessive postage, strains, strange odors or sounds. Do not assume it is the only package.


Phone Threats


• If your phone has caller ID display, copy the numbers and/or letters. 
• Do not hang up the phone. 
• If possible, have another person listen in on the conversation. 
• Immediately have someone call Public Safety 973 684-5403 /Dial 911 from another phone line. 
• Give the name, phone number, and room number where the bomb threat is received so the person receiving the call can be reached if needed.
• Listen, be calm and courteous, do not interrupt the caller, and obtain as much information as you can. 
• Take notes on exact phrases or statements. 
• Note the time the call is received, the sex and accent of the caller, his or her attitude, and any background noises that can help identify where the caller may be located (bells, talking, traffic, etc.). 
• Try to keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
• The most critical information you can obtain from the caller is the time that the bomb will explode, where it is located, and the appearance of the bomb. 
• Also ask the caller for his or her name, if they placed the bomb, and where they placed it.


Written Threats


• If the threat is received in writing, the letter or note should be turned over to Public Safety who will, in turn, will relay the note over to the proper authorities. 
• The note should be handled as little as possible as it may be useful in an investigation.
• If the threat was left on a voicemail, notify Public Safety immediately and do not delete or forward the message.


At no time will the College Employees search for a bomb without the direction and supervision of the Passaic County Sheriff Department’s Bomb Squad.


During the investigation cell phones will not be used (the frequency cell phone might activate the bomb).