Bomb Threats, or Bomb is Found-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Bomb Threats, or Bomb is Found

If you are the person receiving the threat, use the following checklist to gather as much information as possible from the caller. Obviously, the caller will likely refuse to answer many of these questions, or may not remain on the line long enough to be asked. Get as much information as possible and contact University Police (268-2323) immediately.

  • Remain calm and be courteous.
  • Ask:
    • When will bomb go off?
    • Where is it located
    • What type of bomb is it?
    • How will it be detonated?
    • What is your name?
    • Where can I get in touch with you for more information?
  • If building is occupied, inform caller that detonation may cause injury or death - gauge caller’s reaction.
  • Does caller appear to be familiar with campus or area in question?
  • Sex and approximate age of caller.
  • Origin of call
    • On-campus call (one ring)
    • Outside call (two rings)
  • Listen for voice characteristics:
  • Speech type?
___Fast or slow? ___Distinct or distorted? ___Stutter, lisp, nasal, slurred?
  • Command of language?
___ Excellent ___ Good ___ Fair ___ Poor ___ Foul ___ Other
  • Accent
___ Local ___ American, but not this area ___ Foreign (type of accent, if recognized)
  • Demeanor
___ Calm, angry, emotional? ___ Rational/Irrational ___ Coherent? ___ Deliberate? ___ Laughing
  • Any background noises (e.g., traffic, party, music, quiet?)

If a device is found, DO NOT APPROACH THE DEVICE! Also, because an explosion could break windows far from the blast zone, STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.