Bomb Threat/suspicious Package

Bomb Threats

Bomb threats usually come by telephone. If you receive a bomb threat call, remain calm and obtain as much information as possible from the caller. DO NOT hang up, even if the caller does.

  • Be polite and show interest while listening carefully. Try to notate exact wording.
    • When will the bomb 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 placed the bomb?
    • How many bombs are there? Why did you place the bomb?
    • What is your name? What is your address?
  • Notify University Police by calling (504) 865-3434 immediately to give the information you have obtained.
    • Describe the caller’s voice (angry, disguised, accent, male/female, etc.), any background noises you heard (animals, streetcar, PA system, etc.) and the exact wording of the message.
  • Do not touch suspicious packages. Be sure to inform responders of any suspicious packages, items or people in the area.
  • Follow instructions from first responders in regards to evacuation assembly areas.
  • Follow instructions provided in the Loyola Alert notifications.

Suspicious Package

  • Do not open the suspicious item. If you have opened it, remain calm.
  • Notify University Police immediately at (504) 865-3434 or 911 from campus-based phone.
  • Do not move the letter or package or examine it further.
  • Keep others out of the area. Close off the area if possible.
  • If possible, limit the use of two-way radios and cell phones near the suspicious item.
  • If the package is leaking a substance or powder and you come into contact with the substance, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, mouth, or any part of your face. Do not touch others or let others touch you.
  • Wash your hands and arms from the elbows down with soap and hot water.
  • Do not attempt to clean or cover anything that might have spilled from a package.
  • Follow all instructions given by emergency responders.
  • Do NOT re-enter the area until directed by a first responder or campus official.