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Bomb Threat Checklist

If you receive a call about a bomb threat, take notes using these guidelines. Remember — when you're on the phone

  • Stay calm
  • Keep the caller on the phone
  • Be courteous and don't interrupt
  • Get someone else to call 911

About the Call

  • Date
  • Time of call
  • Time call ended
  • Exact wording of the threat
  • Were there any background sounds?

About the Bomb

  • Where is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • When is it going to explode?
  • What will cause it to explode

About the Caller

  • Approximate age
  • Male or female?
  • Name/what you should call him/her
  • Is the voice familiar?
  • Voice characteristics, i.e.:
    • Accent
    • Mood/tone
    • Disguised
    • Nasal, raspy, etc.

About the Threat

  • How did it sound?
    • Incoherent
    • Irrational
    • Message Read o Profane
    • Taped
    • Well-spoken