Bomb Threat Response Guidelines

Quick Response Guidelines:

  1. University personnel receiving telephoned bomb threats should attempt to get the exact location where the bomb has been planted, or is going to be planted.
  2. Attempt to get as much information as possible about the caller, for example, male or female, accent, etc. (use Bomb Threat checklist).
  3. Listen for any background noise that may indicate the location of the caller.
  4. Complete the checklist below as soon as possible after receiving a threatening call and report it immediately to 911.
  5. Bomb threats received through the mail or by other means are also to be reported immediately to 911.

Bomb Threat Checklist

Interactive Bomb Threat Checklist

Keep track of:

  • Exact time of call
  • Exact words of caller

Questions to Ask:

  1. When is the bomb going to explode?
  2. Where is the bomb?
  3. What does it look like?
  4. What kind of bomb is it?
  5. What will cause it to explode?
  6. Did you place the bomb?
  7. Why?
  8. Where are you calling from?
  9. What is your address?
  10. What is your name?

Characteristics of Caller's Voice

Male Female
Calm  Disguised  Nasal Angry Broken
Stutter Slow Sincere Lisp Rapid
Giggling Deep Crying Squeaky Excited
Stressed Accent Loud Slurred Normal

Other Information about Incident:

  • If voice is familiar, whom did it sound like?
  • Were there any background noises?
  • Person receiving call:
  • Date:
  • Telephone number call received at:

Report calls IMMEDIATELY to 911.

(source: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/orgrel/emergency_procedures/bomb_threat)