Bomb Threat

If a bomb threat is called in:

  • DO NOT hang up on the caller; speak calmly to them.
  • Write down the incoming phone number from the caller ID.
  • If another person is close by, notify them and tell them to call 9-1-1.
  • Keep the caller on the line.
  • Be polite and ask:
    • 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?
    • Why?
    • What is your name?
  • Attempt to identify characteristics of the caller and their location (age, gender, voice, background noise, etc.).
  • After the call, ensure 9-1-1 was notified.
  • Public safety officials will decide when and if to evacuate.

Source: UF Police Department (UFPD)

Resources:

UFPD – Bomb Threat Call Procedure/Checklist

Department of Homeland Security –  Bomb Threat Guidance

Training:

Bomb Threat Guidelines for BECs

Version Date: September 2018