Bomb Threat

Bomb Threat

If bomb threat is received by phone:

•Take the caller seriously and remain calm.

•Try to keep caller on the phone by asking questions:

o When will it explode?

o Where is it right now?

o What does it look like?

o What kind of bomb is it?

o Where did you leave it?

o Did you place the bomb?

o Who is the target?

o Why did you plant it?

o What is your address?

o What is your name?

•Observe the caller's:

o Speech patterns (accent, tone)

o Emotional state (angry, agitated, calm, etc.).

o Background noise (traffic, people talking and accents, music and type, etc.).

o Age and gender.

•Listen carefully: don't interrupt the caller or hang up. Take notes.

•Provide phone call notes to UNTPD at the scene.

•If possible, write a note to a coworker asking him/her to “call 911 to report a bomb threat".

•Call 911 immediately once the call has ended to report the details.

If bomb threat is received by mail:

•Stop additional handling of the letter or parcel.

•Call 911 immediately.

If bomb threat is received by email:


•Call 911 immediately.

•Print a copy for UNTPD.

•Do not delete the message.

In any bomb threat situation:

•Check work area for unfamiliar items. Do NOT touch suspicious items.

•Do NOT use 2-way radios or cell phones in the area.

•UNTPD will determine if evacuation is necessary.

•If instructed to do so, initiate building evacuation. Do NOT activate fire alarm.

•Leave doors and windows open; do NOT turn light switches on or off.

•Use stairs only; do NOT use elevators.

•Secure area if possible, allowing entry to emergency responders only.

•Once outside, follow the directions of first responders.

•Wait for emergency response personnel to authorize that it is safe to reenter affected area.

•Notify your supervisor or department head of bomb threat if they were not in the area when it occurred.