BOMB THREAT
PROCEDURES
This quick reference checklist is designed to help employees and decision makers of
commercial facilities, schools, etc. respond to a bomb threat in an orderly and con-
trolled manner with the first responders and other stakeholders.
Most bomb threats are received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven
otherwise. Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain information with the checklist on
the reverse of this card.
If a bomb threat is received by phone:
1. Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG
UP, even if the caller does.
2. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
3. Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
4. If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the
caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself.
5. If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.
6. Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist immediately. Write down as much detail as
you can remember. Try to get exact words.
7. Immediately upon termination of call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different
phone, contact authorities immediately with information and await instructions.
If a bomb threat is received by handwritten note:
 Call _____________________________________
 Handle note as minimally as possible.
If a bomb threat is received by e-mail:
 Call _____________________________________
 Do not delete the message.
Signs of a suspicious package:
 No return address
 Excessive postage
 Stains
 Strange odor
 Strange sounds
 Unexpected delivery
 Poorly handwritten
 Misspelled words
 Incorrect titles
 Foreign postage
 Restrictive notes
* Refer to your local bomb threat emergency response plan
for evacuation criteria
DO NOT:

Use two-way radios or cellular phone. Radio signals have the potential to detonate
a bomb.
 Touch or move a suspicious package.
WHO TO CONTACT (Select One)
 911
 Follow your local guidelines
For more information about this form contact the DHS Office
for Bombing Prevention at OBP@dhs.gov
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BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST
DATE
: TIME:
TIME CALLER
HUNG UP:
PHO
NE NUMBER WHERE
CALL RECEIVED:
Ask Caller:

Where is the bomb located?
(building, floor, room, etc.)
When will it go off?
What does it look like?
What kind of bomb is it?
What will make it explode?
Did you place the bomb? Yes No
Why?
What is your name?
Exact Words of Threat:
Information About Caller:

Where is the caller located? (background/level of noise)
Estimated age:
Is voice familiar? If so, who does it sound like?
Other points:
Caller’s Voice
 Female
 Male
 Accent
 Angry
 Calm
 Clearing throat
 Coughing
 Cracking voice
 Crying
 Deep
 Deep breathing
 Disguised
 Distinct
 Excited
 Laughter
 Lisp
 Loud
 Nasal
 Normal
 Ragged
 Rapid
 Raspy
 Slow
 Slurred
 Soft
 Stutter
Background Sounds
 Animal noises
 House noises
 Kitchen noises
 Street noises
 Booth
 PA system
 Conversation
 Music
 Motor
 Clear
 Static
 Office machinery
 Factory machinery
 Local
 Long Distance
Threat Langua
ge
 Incoherent
 Message read
 Taped message
 Irrational
 Profane
 Well-spoken
Other Informat
ion:
Campus Police 910-674-6428 or 911
Campus Police 910-674-6428 or 911
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