Bomb Threat



Police: Call 9-1-1

  1.  Keep the caller on the phone as long as possible
  2. Get detailed information from caller (use Bomb Threat Checklist)
  3. Look at telephone display, if equipped, write down the number.
  4. Have someone call 9-1-1 and OSU Public Safety Dispatch from a separate phone
    • Give your name, location and telephone number. Inform 9-1-1 of the situation
    • Include any information you may have as to the location of the bomb, time it is set to detonate, and the time you received the call.
    • Do not hang up until the dispatcher releases you from the conversation or if you feel threatened to remain on the phone in your current location
  1. Inform your supervisor and /or department head. Indicate to your supervisor that you have notified 9-1-1 and OSU Public Safety.
  2. Inform [College/School/Department name] Manager
  3. Evacuate if directed to do so.  
    • If you should spot a suspicious object, package, etc., report to 9-1-1. Do not touch, tamper, or move it in any way. Then contact the Director’s Office.

Bomb Threat Checklist

Report immediately to 9-1-1.

Fill checklist out completely, immediately after bomb threat.

Date ____/_____/____                      Name:_________________________________________

Position:_______________________            Phone number call received at: _______________

Questions to ask: (record exact wording)

  1. Where is the bomb located?
  1. What time is it set to go off?
  1. What does the bomb look like?
  1. What kind of bomb is it?
  1. What will cause it to explode?
  1. Did you place the bomb?
  1. Why?
  1. What is your address?
  1. What is your name?
  1. Notes:

Gender of caller________



Duration of call__________________

If the Caller’s voice is familiar, whom did it sound like?_____________________________

Caller’s voice was:

______ Calm

______ Crying

______ Deep

______ Soft

______ Loud

______ Laughing

______ Raspy

______ Familiar

______ Nasal

______ Stutter

______ Distinct

______ Accent

______ Slow

______ Disguised

______ Excited

______ Deep Breathing

______ Angry

______ Normal

______ Ragged

______ Lisp

______ Crackling Voice

Background Sounds

______ Street Noises

______ House Noises

______ Clear

______ Local

______ Static

______ Voices

______ Office Equipment

______ Motor

______ Factory Equipment

______ Long Distance

______ Phone Booth

______ PA System

______ Music

______ Animal Noises

______ Crockery

______ Other



Threat Language

______ Well Spoken

______ Foul

______ Irrational

______ Incoherent

______ Taped

______ Message Read by Caller


  • Be prepared to be interviewed by officials
  • Contact your supervisor to seek counseling services



  • Periodically review bomb threat checklist
  • Have access to a copy (electronically or paper copy) that can be completed during/after the phone call