Response to Emergencies and Safety Hazards – Bomb Threat

Bombs Threats

A bomb can look like ANYTHING. Look for things that are out of place or that do not belong in an area. Be suspicious of unattended bags/ briefcases; boxes left in strange places, etc.

  • If you find a suspected bomb, DO NOT TOUCH IT. 
  • Notify 911 via landline.

Types of Threats

Threats made In person

  • Notice and be able to recall the physical characteristics of the person making the threat
  • Remember what the person sounded like
  • Make a note of their actions
  • Make a note of what the suspect was carrying and anything they left behind.
  • Written Materials- if a bomb threat is received in writing, it should be kept, including any envelope or other container.
    • Unnecessary handling must be avoided, and every possible effort must be made to retain possible evidence such as fingerprints, handwriting, paper, and postmarks
  • Make a note of the information on the Bomb Threat Check List.

Threats made by phone

  • The person receiving the call should not disconnect the caller and should try to find out the information required on a Bomb Threat Checklist provided by the client.
  • Report details immediately to Security and Emergency Services. In the event of a threat:
    • Take every threat seriously 
    • It is more dangerous if the caller gives you time to respond between the threat and the reported detonation time.
    • The caller gives a reason for the bomb.

Most threats occur during work hours and are intended to disrupt businesses.

Most callers do not want anyone hurt; they may give you time to evacuate.


  • Follow your client’s bomb threat procedures