Bomb Threat

bombThere are only two reasonable explanations for a call reporting that there is a bomb in a particular location:

  • The caller has knowledge or believes that an explosive device has been placed in the location and he/she wants to minimize personal injury or property damage.
  • The caller wants to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic to disrupt normal activities.

The vast majority of bomb threats are hoaxes; however, it is practically impossible to determine immediately whether the threat is real or not. Therefore, for the safety of people, buildings should be evacuated when a bomb threat is received.

When a bomb threat is called in:

  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask him to repeat the message. If possible, record every word spoken by the person.
  • If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, you should ask for this information.
  • Inform the caller that the building is occupied and detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
  • Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises such as motors running, background music, and any other noise that may give a clue as to the location of the caller.
  • Listen closely to the voice (male, female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents and speech impediments.
  • Report this information immediately to the Public Safety Department.
  • Public Safety officers and other authorities will conduct a detailed bomb search. Employees are requested to make a cursory inspection of their area for suspicious objects and if any are found to report their location to Public Safety.
  • Do not touch the object!
  • Do not open drawers and cabinets, or turn lights on or off.