If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Stay composed.
  • If you have caller ID, write down the number displayed.
  • Call 911 immediately
  • Keep the caller on the phone by asking the following questions:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is it right now?
    • What does it look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • What is your address?
    • What is your name?


  • Relay information to first responders as soon as possible and follow their directions.
  • Cooperate with the arriving emergency personnel while they evaluate the threat.
  • Follow police (or emergency personnel) orders to evacuate to your building’s assembly point. Visit the Functional Needs Emergency Information page if you need evacuation assistance.
  • Alert others to evacuate if there is an immediate threat.


Making a False Bomb Threat is not a Victimless Prank

It ties up response resources that could be needed for a real emergency and can negatively affect reactions in the event of an actual bomb threat.

A false bomb threat will be turned over to the proper legal authorities for investigation and possible criminal prosecution. A person making a bomb threat is committing a felony offense. Making a false bomb threat will also be considered cause for disciplinary action, up to and including termination for employees.