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Bomb Threat


  • Review Bomb Threat procedures.


  • If you receive a bomb threat, respond immediately and do not assume it is a prank or joke
  • Stay calm and try to get a colleague’s attention to listen in on the call with you
  • Try to obtain information from the caller
  • Take notes and pay close attention to details
  • Ask questions (any order):
    • What is your name?
    • Where are you located? What is your address?
    • When will it explode?
    • Where is the bomb right now?
    • What does it look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Who is the target?
    • Why did you place it?
  • Observe the caller’s:
    • Speech patterns (accent, tone)
    • Emotional state (angry, agitated, calm, etc.)
    • Background noise (traffic, people talking and accents, music, and type, etc.)
    • Age and gender
  • Write down other information:
    • Date and time of the call
    • How threat was received (letter, note, telephone)
    • Call 911 and submit your notes from the telephone call and/or the bomb threat note
    • Follow police instructions
    • Do not evacuate unless told to do so.