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In Case of Bomb Threat

If you receive a bomb threat over the phone, write down the exact wording of the threat. If the caller allows, ask the following questions:

  • 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?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name?

Note the following information if it can be determined:

  • Sex of caller
  • Ethnic background
  • Length of call
  • Number at which call is received
  • Time
  • Date

Note the characteristics of the caller’s voice (i.e. calm, angry, excited, slow, rapid, soft, loud, etc.).

Make note of any background sounds (i.e. street noises, voices, PA system, music, motor, house noises, etc.).

Note if the language was well-spoken (educated), foul, irrational, incoherent, taped, or read by the threat maker.

Make note of any accent.