Bomb Threat

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call 9-1-1.

If the bomb threat is received via telephone:

  • Keep the caller on the phone for as long as possible.
  • Do not hang up, even if the caller does.
  • Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
  • If possible, pass a note or signal to someone nearby to help notify 9-1-1.
  • If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.
  • Ask the caller the following questions:
    • 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?
  • Write down the exact words of the threat.
  • Note any information about the caller.
    • Where is the caller located? (background/level of noise)
    • Estimated age.
    • Is voice familiar? Is so, who does it sound like?
    • Gender
    • Background Sounds
    • Threat Language (well-spoken, incoherent, recorded message, etc.)
  • Immediately upon termination of call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different phone, call 9-1-1 immediately with information and await instructions.


UF Police Department (UFPD)


UFPD – Bomb Threat Call Procedure/Checklist
Department of Homeland Security –  Bomb Threat Guidance


Bomb Threat Guidelines for BECs

Version Date: February 2024