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Handling Suspicious-Looking Items

If you locate a suspicious-looking item, do not handle the item. Clear the area of personnel and notify your components police / security immediately. Your components Safety officer is to be notified of the situation.

5. Bomb Threat Observations

For most bomb threats, the caller announces that a bomb is set to go off at a certain time and then hangs up. Because routine bomb threat evacuations may spawn numerous hoax calls, consider the following:

  • Most intended explosions have no warning. Usually, after the bomb is detonated, a party claims credit and then explains why the bomb was set.
  • In cases where an actual device is located, the caller usually provides specific information for finding the device before the detonation time.
  • With few exceptions, bomb threats on campus are hoaxes designed to avoid or postpone an unpleasant task (e.g., exam).

6. Emergency Power

Some buildings on campus provide automatic emergency power during electrical outages. The emergency power only supports essential life safety equipment such as elevators, corridor lighting, fire alarms, and exit lighting. Some new buildings have red emergency power outlets for essential equipment and machinery. Contact the Physical Plant to determine if other emergency outlets are available in your work area.

There are three types of emergency power sources:

  • Portable generators
  • Building generators
  • Battery power packs