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Bomb Threat

Immediately upon receipt of a bomb threat, call the University Police Department at 688-5117 or 111 (from an on campus phone), or if residing off campus, call 911.

Receiving the Threat

  • Get a pen and paper for notes, if possible
  • Do not hang up
  • Attempt to keep the caller on the phone as long as possible
  • 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’s voice, accent, slang, and speaking style
  • Be attentive to background sounds and noise
  • Note unusual speech characteristics
  • Describe the type of language used

Written Bomb Threat Message

Avoid handling the message and its container to preserve fingerprints or other clues to identifying the writer. Place the message in another container and keep it for police investigation.