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Bomb Threats

If you receive a bomb threat by telephone, try to remain calm and get as much information as possible from the caller. Try to write down the caller's exact words and the time of the call. Check to see if the caller's phone number or location is displayed on your phone.

Ask the caller:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Why?
  • What is your name and address?

Try to notice descriptive or other useful details (preferably write them down):

  • Did the caller sound like a man? a woman?
  • Approximate age?
  • Distinctive voice, pronunciation or accent, or speech patterns?
  • Tone of voice and attitude?
  • Did the call seem to be a recording?
  • Were there background voices or noises or other clues about location or caller identity?

If the threat came in a form other than a call (e.g., a note was left or delivered):

  • Immediately notify NCCU Police by calling 919-530-6106 or using a Blue Light phone
  • Report the time, location and content of the threat message, as well as your location and phone number.
  • Stay on the line until the dispatcher terminates the phone call. Answer the dispatcher's questions and do exactly what the dispatcher tells you to do (try to take written notes).
  • Take a quick visual look around your area for any suspicious objects. Do not touch or move the object.
  • If you are told to evacuate the area, take your notes about the call with you.
Follow your department's evacuation and assembly procedures (check the back of your printed guide). 
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