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Bomb threats usually occur by telephone. The person receiving the call should do the following:

  • Remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller (see question checklist below). Write down the exact words used in the threat while they are still fresh in your memory.

  • Call 2-6911 or 911. Give your name, location, and telephone number. Inform dispatch of the situation including any information you may have.

  • If instructed to evacuate, move a safe distance away from the building or behind barriers. If severe weather conditions exist, you may move to another building that is a safe distance away. Wait for further instructions. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.

Bomb Threat Checklist

Obtain as much of the following information as possible while talking to the caller. Relate this information to 911 dispatch or the police.  

  1. Where is the bomb located?   
  2. What time is it set to go off?      
  3. What does the bomb look like?      
  4. What kind of bomb is it?                
  5. What will cause it to explode?        
  6. Did you place the bomb?
  7. Why did you place the bomb?
  8. What is your name?
  9. Gender of caller
  10. Age of caller
  11. Description of caller's voice such as it is calm, there is a language barrier, there is an accent, the voice was loud, it was a recited message, it was spoken irrationally, etc.
  12. Noticeable background noises such as animals, music, other voices, vehicle or traffic sounds, etc. 

If a bomb threat evacuation is issued: quickly and calmly move a safe distance away from the building or behind barriers. If severe weather conditions exist, you may move to another building that is a safe distance away. Wait for further instructions. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.