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Bomb Threat

Most bomb threats that are called in are intended to disrupt normal business and activities and do not actually involve a bomb. However, every bomb threat must be considered real and must be properly investigated to ensure the safety of building occupants.

Steps to Follow

Written Bomb Threat:

  • Ensure the document is handled by as few people as possible.
  • Turn the document over to DPS as soon as possible.
  • If the threat is received via e-mail or voice mail, save it and notify Department of Public Safety immediately

Telephoned Bomb Threat:

  • Remain calm and attempt to ask a nearby person to notify DPS.
  • Pay attention to the phone display, if possible, and record the information on the phone window.
  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and attempt to gather as much information as possible.

Questions to ask include (per Federal Bureau of Investigation guidelines):

  • 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 do it?
  • What is your name?
  • What is your address?

Information to gather about the caller:

  • The exact wording of the threat
  • Sex of the caller
  • Age of the caller
  • Race of the caller
  • Length of the call
  • Date and time the call was taken
  • Any additional notes

Information to note about the sounds during the call:

  • Is the voice familiar, and who does it sound like?
  • What best describes the caller’s voice (calm, angry, excited, slow, rapid, soft, lound, etc.)
  • Were there any background noises such as street noises, animal noises, clear, static, music, house noises, motor, factory, office.

Information to gather regarding the threat language:

  • Educated or well-spoken
  • Incoherent
  • Foul
  • Irrational/threats
  • Taped
  • Message being read