Bomb Threat Procedure

  1. Do not hang up; stay on the line, write down everything.
  2. Alert a co-worker to call 911 and building security (if off-campus) to let the dispatcher know of the possible bomb threat.
  3. Do not place caller on hold; try to keep caller talking for as long as possible to get more information.
  4. Be calm and polite.
  5. Listen carefully for clues that may be useful during the investigation and note them:
    • Characteristics of the caller’s voice (e.g., gender, age, accent, high/low pitch).
    • Background noises that could help identify the caller’s location.
    • Phone number of the caller, if displayed on your telephone.
  6. Ask the caller these questions:
    • When is the bomb going to 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?
    • Why did you place the bomb?
    • What is your address?
    • What is your name?
Content last reviewed on April 17, 2015