Bomb threats and suspicious packages

Telephoned threats

Consider all bomb threats real. Threats of this nature should never be ignored. In the event of a bomb threat, the student, faculty or staff member who receives, or learns, of the threat should do the following:

  • Remain calm and write down as much information about the call as possible, noting time of call, length of call, any distinguishing characteristics of the caller's voice¬†(e.g., angry or excited, male or female, accent, age, etc.), and any background noises.
  • Note the phone number on the caller ID.
  • If possible have another person call 911 while the person issuing the bomb threat is on the phone. Call 911 immediately after the caller hangs-up and then notify SCAD security.
  • Do not put the caller on hold and do not transfer the call.
  • Do not evacuate the building until ordered by Police/Fire or SCAD Security.
  • Do not attempt to locate or examine the bomb.

Questions to ask the caller:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What type of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why was the bomb placed?

Written threats

If a written threat of a possible bomb or other danger is received, call 911 or SCAD security immediately. Once the message is determined to be a threat, every effort must be made to protect the evidence. Avoid all handling at this point.

Suspicious packages

If a suspicious package is discovered, the individual making the discovery should immediately move away from the package and call SCAD Security or 911 and provide as much information as possible. Also:

  • Move people away from the package.
  • Do not move or open the package.
  • Do not attempt to investigate.
  • Do not cover, insulate or place the package in a cabinet or drawer.

Characteristics of a suspicious package:

  • Excessive postage and weight
  • Common words misspelled
  • Bulky or rigid envelope
  • Foreign mail or unexpected special delivery
  • Poorly written or typed address and no return address
  • Markings like "Personal" or "Confidential"
  • Excessive packaging tape or string
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Visual distractions and protruding wires/tinfoil
  • Titles but no names
  • A package or container found in a unusual/unexpected location

Emergency contact numbers

Police, fire, medical emergency
911

SCAD Security Atlanta
912.525.3333

SCAD Security Savannah
912.525.4500