Bomb threat or suspicious package

Bomb threat or suspicious package

If you receive a bomb threat

  • Stay composed
  • If you have caller ID, write down the number displayed
  • Are they male or female?
  • Approximate age?
  • Accent present?
  • Get the attention of someone nearby and tell them to call 9999 or 9850 999 immediately.
  • Keep the caller on the phone by asking the following questions:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is it right now?
    • What does it look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Who are you?
  • Relay information to the first responders (usually security personnel) as soon as possible and follow their directions
  • Cooperate with the arriving emergency personnel while they evaluate the threat

Suspicious Packages


  • Often have unusual postmarks from an unknown source
  • Labeled with Restrictive markings, misspelling of common words, or poor handwriting/typing
  • Unusual size, shape, weight, feel or smell
  • Excessive tape or postage, discoloured, and sometimes with stains or powdery deposits

What to do

  • Do not touch, smell, taste or open the suspicious package
  • Isolate the immediate area, moving people away
  • Call the Campus Emergency Number - 9999 or 9850 9999
  • Relay information to the first responders (usually security personnel) as soon as possible and follow their directions


Content owner: Macquarie University Property Last updated: 05 Sep 2019 12:53pm

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