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Emergency Information

Emergency Response Plans

Level 2: Bomb Threat

Annex: Bomb Threat Response Plan

Department: All Campus Departments

Departmental Emergency Contact: Campus Police

A. Purpose:

The purpose of this plan is to establish the policy and procedures to be followed in the event of a bomb threat to the university. Whether this threat is received via telephone or through other means, quick, decisive action by all employees will help minimize potential loss of life, injury, destruction of university property, and disruption of scheduled activities.

B. Priorities:

In the event this incident occurs, Campus Police Officers will work with Facility Management personnel to search and identify any suspicious packages or items construed to be of explosive nature.

If an explosive device is found, the Critical Incident Management Team will be activated and begin working towards facilitating and coordinating updates and communication for all recovery plans related to the functional areas of the university.

C. Expectations for Employees and Students:

In the event of a bomb threat the faculty, staff, and students should respond according to the information provided by first responders and any of the emergency notification systems.

If an employee or student receives the actual bomb threat, they should respond as follows:

  1. Call 323-3333 or come to Campus Police to report the incident
  2. Evacuated the building when instructed by Campus Police, Residence Life, or the designated Building Coordinator
  3. Complete a bomb information report sheet that will be provided by Campus Police
  4. Await further orders from Campus Police or the Emergency Notification System

D. Communications:

Winthrop University may communicate with the campus community by any of the following means:

  1. ALERTUS Notification System – Beacons within campus buildings, also includes instant messaging system for the campus’ networked computers
  2. WU Alert - Blackboard Connect text/SMS and voice messages for all subscribers
  3. Email – Messages to faculty/staff/student distribution lists
  4. Web – Updates on www.winthrop.edu and detailed information on www.winthrop.edu/emergency
  5. Campus Alert Line – Recorded message on 803/323-2222 with detailed information, primarily for individuals without access to a mobile device, computer, etc.
  6. Face to Face – Direct contact by emergency responders
  7. Runner – Group contact by individuals moving from area to area
  8. Media - Communication via local radio and television stations

E. Responsibility and Control:

When a bomb threat is received the Chief of Campus Police or designee will act as the coordinator for all activities in the emergency area. The coordinator, upon receiving notification of a bomb threat will:

  1. Advise the Vice-President of Student Life and Director of Facilities Management. The Vice President of Student Life will notify other parties as appropriate.
  2. If necessary, notify to Rock Hill Police, Rock Hill Fire, the Rock Hill Bomb Unit, FBI, and SLED.
  3. Appoint and supervise a search team for the emergency area.
  4. Identify a “Hot Zone” and set up inner and outer perimeters.
  5. Evacuate the emergency area if necessary.
  6. If a device is found, re-evaluate the perimeters and notify the Bomb Unit.
  7. Determine the safety and security of the area so normal activities can resume.

F. Emergency and Training Plans:

When a bomb threat is received, the Chief of Campus Police or designee will act as the coordinator for all activities in the emergency area. The coordinator, upon receiving notification of a bomb threat will:

  1. Advise the Vice-President of Student Life and Director of Facilities Management. The Vice President of Student Life will notify other parties as appropriate.
  2. If necessary, notify to Rock Hill Police, Rock Hill Fire, the Rock Hill Bomb Unit, FBI, and SLED.
  3. Appoint and supervise a search team for the emergency area.
  4. Identify a “Hot Zone” and set up inner and outer perimeters.
  5. Evacuate the emergency area if necessary.
  6. If a device is found, re-evaluate the perimeters and notify the Bomb Unit.
  7. Determine the safety and security of the area so normal activities can resume.