Monday, February 25, 2008

Bomb Threat at Portland State University *UPDATE*

I was in Spanish class in Neuberger Hall when a security officer opened the door stating there was an emergency and asked us to leave the building immediately.

The following message was posted on PSU's website: "A CURRENT EVACUATION IS UNDERWAY AT NEUBERGER HALL DUE TO BOMB THREAT. ALL PERSONS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY LEAVE AND NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL NOTIFIED. NEUBERGER HALL IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE. (UPDATED 12:34 P.M. 2/26/08)"
KPTV News coverage: No classes until at least 5:30 (I guess that means my next Spanish class is canceled)
Morn's Insanity Blog Post: Two separate bomb threats found during routine patrols. A bomb threat also shut down University of Massachusetts this morning.
Daily Vanguard: Notes were discovered at 9:00 am. Email was sent to staff at 11:40.

So let me get this timeline straight:
  • 9:00am Notes were discovered.
  • 11:40am Email was sent to staff.
  • 12:15pm I was evacuated(!?).
  • 12:15-12:25pm A couple hundred people waited directly outside the building before slowly dispersing at their own will.
  • 12:34pm Message posted on PSU website.
  • 2:06 I receive evacuation email.
What's wrong with this picture?

...and I just noticed the message on the PSU website was stated for the 26th? I think I can forgive them for that.

*UPDATE*

KOIN 6 Finally picked it up. :)


Okay the latest update on PSU's website clears things up a little bit. They caught the date error, but if they were using Firefox they would have caught the spelling mistakes in the latest updates. ;)


"AT 11:53 A.M. A FACULTY MEMBER NOTIFIED PORTLAND STATE'S CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY (CPSO) OF A NOTE FOUND IN THE RESTROOM INDICATING THAT A BOMB WOULD DETONATE IN NEUBERGER HALL AT 4:30 P.M. ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008. CPSO IMMEDIATELY LOCKED DOWN AND EVACUATED THE BUILDING AND VERFIED THE POSSIBILITY OF A THREAT. THE UNIVERSITY ESTABLISHED AN INCIDENT COMMAND CENTER. PORTLAND POLICE HAVE SWEPT THE BUILDING. THE UNIVERSITY IS CONTINING THE INVESTIGATION AND WILL KEEP THE BUILDING CLOSED AND SECURED UNTIL AT LEAST 5:30 P.M THIS EVENING. CONTINUE TO CHECK THE WEB FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON EVENING CLASSES (UPDATED 1:45 P.M.)

NEUBERGER HALL IS CLOSED AND ALL CLASSES IN NEUBERGER HALL ONLY ARE CANCELLED UNTIL AT LEAT 5:30 P.M. (UPDATED 1:21 P.M.)

A CURRENT EVACUATION IS UNDERWAY AT NEUBERGER HALL DUE TO BOMB THREAT. ALL PERSONS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY LEAVE AND NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL NOTIFIED. NEUBERGER HALL IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE. (UPDATED 12:34 P.M. 2/25/08)"

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