Bomb Threat

Most bomb threats are received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven otherwise. Remain calm.

Do Not:

  • Use two-way radios or cellular phones—radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb
  • Evacuate the building until police arrive and evaluate the threat
  • Activate the fire alarm
  • Touch or move a suspicious package

 Signs of a suspicious package:

  • No return address
  • Excessive postage
  • Stains
  • Strange odor
  • Strange noises
  • Unexpected

 If a bomb threat is received by phone:

  1. Remain calm. Take note of the caller's voice and background sounds.
  2. If your phone has a display (D-term phone), copy the numbers and/or letters on the window.
  3. Try to obtain the most crucial information from the caller—detonation time, location, and appearance of the bomb.
  4. Don't hang up. Have someone call 911 from another phone. Give the phone number where the bomb threat is received.  

If a bomb threat is received by note:

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Do not handle the note.