The first floor of University of Florida’s Health Shands Hospital was evacuated this morning after an alleged bomb threat in the North tower.
At 11:15 a.m., WUFT was notified that the food court on the first floor of the hospital complex was being evacuated and individuals were to remain on the 6th floor.
According to UFPD Brad Barber, they received a call saying there was a bomb threat at the Wendy’s/ Chick-fil- A area but they were unable to trace the call back. Police showed up at the scene with canine unit.
According to UFPD, there was no official lockdown, but the evacuation lasted approximately 45 minutes.
Rosanna Passaniti, media relations coordinator at Shands, issued the following statement:
Out of an abundance of caution, this morning we temporarily evacuated and secured the first floor Food Court area of UF Health Shands Hospital [north campus] and surrounding corridors as we assessed a potential security issue. UF Health Shands Security and UPD have cleared us to reopen the areas for regular business. Thank you for understanding as we work together to ensure the safety and security of our facilities.
The investigation is still ongoing.