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Bomb Threat

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A bomb threat may be discovered accidentally or by direct notification. The person aware of the threat should not attempt to evacuate the building. DO NOT PULL THE FIRE ALARM. Focus on gathering as much information as possible. The majority of bomb threats are false and intended to elicit a response from the building occupants.

  • Remain calm and immediately notify the Otterbein University Police Department at (614) 823-1222 or call 911.
  • If the bomb threat was received by telephone, the person receiving the call should immediately complete a Bomb Threat Questionnaire.
  • Immediately examine your area for any unusual or unfamiliar items. DO NOT touch or move any suspicious items. Report them to the Otterbein University Police Department or law enforcement.
  • Move to a safe location within your building and wait for the Otterbein University Police Department or law enforcement. University administration and law enforcement will make a determination as to whether an evacuation is warranted based on an assessment of the threat.
  • Do not use cellular phones, portable music devices, or any electronic equipment which may receive or transmit a signal.
  • If an evacuation of the building is necessary, all occupants should gather at the Campus Center (100 West Home Street) or another location determined by the Otterbein University Police Department or law enforcement.
  • DO NOT use the elevator when evacuating.
  • DO NOT turn the room lights or other electronic equipment on or off.
  • Leave all bags and personal items in the room before evacuating.
  • Do not re-enter the building for any reason.
  • Once the threat has been cleared, the Otterbein University Police Department or law enforcement will clear you to re-enter the building.