Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs


Report all bomb threats to Campus Safety at 253-535-7911 or 7911 from campus phones.

The intended purpose of a threat is to interrupt normal operations. Nearly all bomb threats do NOT result in explosions or even finding actual bombs. Alternatively, those who wish to cause harm to others will rarely alert the target victims, so first notification will be the explosion.


Campus Safety will investigate the reported threat and may report it to local authorities. Campus Safety or local authorities may ask occupants to assist in the search for potential bombs, because the occupants know best what is normal or out-of-place in their own building.


A building evacuation may be ordered by PLU whenever there are sufficient facts to indicate the bomb threat is valid. The order to evacuate will be initiated by recognized responders using emergency notification methods.

Evacuees should put a building between the bomb (B3) and themselves. Regular evacuation assembly areas may not be the best place to go.

Phone Threats

Keep the caller on the phone as long as possible. Listen carefully to the caller and record the date and time of call, exact words of the caller, approximate age and sex, speech pattern or accent, emotional state, and background noises. Ask the caller:

  • 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?
  • Why?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name? 

Other Threats

If you see any suspicious object, report the location to Campus Safety. DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT! Clear the immediate area and prevent access until Campus Safety arrives.

Cell Phones and Radios

Please do not use cell phones or radios in the threatened area.


If an explosion or airplane crash occurs on campus, take cover under tables or desks to protect yourself against falling debris or glass. Leave the building as quickly as possible. Do NOT use the elevator. Stand away from windows and building facades. Do NOT block emergency response access roads.If Trapped Under Debris cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing. Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle, if one is available. Use a flashlight to signal rescuers. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust. Do NOT light a match. Do NOT move about or kick up dust.


Check in with your instructor, conference leader, resident assistant (RA), emergency building coordinator (EBC), or Campus Safety personnel and remain in place until instructed otherwise. EBCs and RAs may be in a green vest and/or holding an evacuation assembly area sign. Inform this person of others who you know did not escape the building or who left the campus.