Department of Public Safety

Bomb Threats

Upon receiving a bomb-threat call:

  1. Listen carefully to the caller and background noises. Show interest and try to keep the caller talking so that you can gather as much information as possible.

  2. Note the phone number of the caller if your phone has a display, or identify if the call is being made from on campus or off campus.

  3. Upon completion of the call, immediately notify the MACU Police Department at (405) 692-3100 or 711 from a University phone, and an officer will respond to your location. Do not discuss the call with others and do not spread panic.

  4. While awaiting the officer’s arrival, write down as much information as possible, including your assessment of the caller’s age, sex, race, accent, and any background noise. Also write down any information the caller may have provided about the bomb’s location, type, time of detonation, and possible motive for planting the bomb. Note when the call was received and the extension number on which it was received.

  5. Officers may need to question faculty, staff and students about suspicious activity or persons, and employees should provide any additional relevant information that may help to assess the threat.

  6. If you are instructed to evacuate, do so at once, assisting any disabled persons. If possible, avoid using elevators. Staff, Faculty and students in the Gualke Center will evacuate to the field southwest of the parking lot. Staff, Faculty and students in the dorm and student center area will evacuate to the sports fields to the south of the buildings. Staff, Faculty and students in the main building will evacuate east of the building to the open field.

  7. Once outside, move to an area where you will be at least 500 feet from targeted buildings/areas, and where your presence will not interfere with responding emergency personnel. When possible, avoid gathering in parking lots or near utility equipment such as chillers and electrical power lines.

  8. If media representatives are present, refer any questions they have to the MACU Vice President for Strategic Communications. Emergency response personnel will determine when a building/area is safe to resume normal operations; faculty, staff and students will then be allowed to return.

Suspicious Letters and Packages

Be aware that letters and packages may also pose threats, not only from bombs, but also from biological agents such as ricin. If you receive a letter or a package whose external appearance is somehow suspect—for example, it has a powdery residue or oily stains or discolorations on it, or the postmark city is different from the return address city, follow these steps:


  2. If possible, isolate the mailing and cover it with an item such as a trash can to reduce possible contamination.

  3. Evacuate the immediate area and call the MACU Police Department at (405) 692-3100 or 711 from a University phone, providing information about the location of the item.

  4. Wash your hands with soap and water.

  5. Be prepared to provide the MACU Police Department with the names of others who may have touched the letter or package.

  6. Follow any subsequent directives of the MACU Police Department. For example, it may be necessary to have clothing removed and then packaged by professional responders.

If you become aware only after opening it that the letter or package may pose a threat, follow steps B-F above.