Bomb Threat

By Telephone

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • DO NOT HANG UP! Remain calm.
  • Ask a lot of questions, using the checklist below as a guide.
  • Contact the University Police at X66911 immediately after the call.

Ask:

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

Caller’s Voice:

  • Calm
  • Slow
  • Loud
  • Stutter
  • Rapid
  • Soft
  • Laughter
  • Disguised
  • Deep breathing
  • Accent
  • Lisp
  • Cracked
  • Cough
  • Nervous
  • Nasal
  • Raspy
  • Angry
  • Excited
  • Deep
  • Clearing throat
  • Normal
  • Distinct
  • Crying
  • Slurred
  • Ragged
  • Speech impediment
  • Whispering
  • Familiar (if so, who did it sound like)?

If Known:

  • Time
  • Date
  • Name of Caller
  • Number from which call originated
  • Male/female
  • Race
  • Approximate age
  • Number at which call was received
  • Length of call
  • Exact wording of threats

Background Sounds:

  • Street noises
  • Animal noises
  • Car sounds
  • PA system
  • Music
  • Static
  • Factory machinery
  • Other machinery
  • Other voices
  • House noises
  • No noise at all
  • Other (please specify)

Location:

Can you tell if the call is:

  • Local
  • Long distance
  • Cellular
  • Pay phone

Bomb Threat Language:

  • Incoherent
  • Foul
  • Taped
  • Articulate
  • Message read by threat maker
  • Irrational