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Bomb Threat

Part II: Natural Disasters and Public Emergencies - Bomb Threat

Receiving the Threat
  • Get a pen and paper for notes, if possible
  • Do not hang up
  • Remain calm – be polite - attempt to get information from the caller and assess the validity of the threat
  • Ask questions, such as:
    • 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?
    • Why did you place the bomb?
    • Assess the caller voice, accent, slang, and speaking style
    • Be attentive to background sounds and noise
    • Note unusual speech characteristics
    • Describe the type of language used
    • When the call ends, call the police at 911
    • Wait for the police to arrive and provide them information
Automatic Building Evacuation

Do not attempt to evacuate the building without authorization and assistance from emergency personnel. In the very unlikely event that there is a bomb, people are likely to be safer where they are.

  • Steel-framed walls, doors, closets and desks provide reasonably safe barriers against the concussion and projectiles from a blast.
  • Automatic evacuation means channeling persons into hallways and stairwells that have not been searched by emergency personnel.
  • The actual threat, or a secondary explosive device, may exist outside where there is little effective barrier protection.