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Bomb Threat

Telephone threat

  • Remain calm
  • Do not hang up; keep the caller on the line as long as possible, and listen carefully
  • Discreetly try and signal someone near you to dial 9 1 1 and leave the line open to allow dispatcher to listen to the conversation
  • Obtain as much information as possible – take notes – ask:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is the bomb right now?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What does it look like?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Why did you place the bomb?
    • What is your name?
  • Also note information about the call and caller. For example:
    • Identity: male, female, age range
    • Voice: loud, soft, high-pitched, deep, raspy, hoarse, nasal, pleasant
    • Background noise:  office, factory, street, traffic, trains, airplane, animals, party, music
    • Speech: accented, deliberate, fast, slow, lisp, slang, taped / recorded, stuttered, slurred
    • Manner: calm, angry, rational, irrational, coherent, incoherent
    • Time of call
    • Exact words
    • Phone number (caller ID)
    • Any other pertinent information
    • Please contact Campus Security at your campus

Written threat

  • Call 9 1 1 immediately and state:
    • Your location
    • All of the information noted from the written threat
    • Stay on the phone until released by dispatcher
  • DO NOT touch or move the letter so it is not altered or destroyed
  • Keep others from handling or going near it
  • Uttering a Bomb Threat is a crime and the evidence must be protected
  • Please contact Campus Security at your campus