Bomb Threat Response/Procedures

  • Bomb Threat Received by Telephone

    1. Signal another staff member and/or building administrator to listen in on call.
    2. Enable recording feature on telephone if possible.
    3. Write down the caller identification information.
    4. Notify the building administrator immediately.
    5. Write down everything that is said, using the following checklist as a guide.
      • When is the bomb going to explode?
      • Where is the bomb right now?
      • What kind of bomb is it?
      • What does it look like?
      • Where did you place the bomb?
      • Where are you calling from?

    Bomb Threat Received by E-mail

    1. Leave message open on the computer screen.
    2. Notify the building administrator immediately.
    3. Print, photograph, and copy the message including header information.
    4. Save the e-mail.

    Bomb Threat Received by Written Means

    1. Handle item as little as possible.
    2. Write down who found the message, where it was found, date and time found, any unusual conditions, and other persons who know of the threat.
    3. Notify the building administrator immediately.
    4. Secure the original item in a bag or envelope.

    Bomb Threat Received by Verbal Means

    1. Notify the building administrator immediately.
    2. Detain the person making the threat, if possible and practical.
    3. Write down, as close as possible, the exact wording of the threat.
    4. Write a description if the person leaves: Name, race, sex, clothing, body size, hair color, departure direction/route of person making threat, description of car.

    Bomb Threat Received by Rumor

    1. If you overhear a rumor about a bomb or explosive device threat or incident, write down exactly what you heard, from whom you heard it, and who else was present and may also have heard the rumor.
    2. Notify the building administrator immediately.

    Administration will contact Law Enforcement to assist in determining if the threat is a high level or serious threat.  A high level threat may include: personal call, letter delivered to a person or specific place, personalized threat, specific times or details, noted technical expertise.  Serious or high-level threats may result in the evacuation of a school building.