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Bomb Threat

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What You Should Do

  • If you receive a bomb threat via phone call, listen carefully and write down everything that is said, starting with the exact time of the call and the number you are receiving the call from, if available.
  • Keep the caller talking as long as possible and ask the following questions:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is it right now?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
      • If yes, why did you place the bomb?
    • While on the phone with the bomb threat caller, have someone else nearby call TUPD on a landline phone, if possible.
      • TUPD Emergency Numbers are:
        • Tulane Uptown Campus Police emergency: 504-865-5911
        • Tulane Downtown Campus Police emergency: 504-988-5555
        • Tulane National Primate Center Police emergency: 985-871-6411
        • Other Campuses: Call 911
  • Attempt to determine the following characteristics of the caller and write them down:
    • Is the caller male or female?
    • Does the caller have an accent?
    • Is the caller calm, angry, excited, laughing, or crying?
    • Is there background noise (street noise, music, house noises, voices, machines)?
  • Immediately contact TUPD and relay the information received from the threatening caller. Give the TUPD Dispatcher your name and location.
  • Wait for a TUPD Officer to arrive, if possible.  Leave the area if you feel there is an imminent threat.

What Will Happen

  • TUPD will immediately dispatch officers to search for the device and will notify the New Orleans Police Department.
  • Responding officers will instruct building occupants to turn off any electronic devices including cell phones.
  • The threatened building(s) will be evacuated by TUPD, if necessary.
  • The Tulane emergency alert system will be activated with information and instructions to stay away from the affected building(s).
  • NOPD will assume control of the scene and address the incident.
  • An "all clear" message will be issued by a Tulane official once the situation is resolved.

Important Note: If a bomb threat is received on the day that an exam is scheduled, the exam will take place the same day even if the location has to be changed.