Bomb Threat

Bomb threats may be delivered in a variety of ways, including written communication, verbal, recording, or through a third party. Most threats are called in to the target. All threats should be taken seriously and never ignored.

If the threat is received by phone, try to have another person listen to the call if possible. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and ask for the message to be repeated for clarity.

Note: Do not use two-way radios or cellular phones. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb. Do not touch or move a suspicious package.

Actions if a bomb threat is received by phone:

During the call: 

  • Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
  • Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
  • Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
  • If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself.
  • If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.
  • Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist immediately. Write down as much detail as you can remember. Try to get exact words.
  • Immediately on termination of call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different phone, contact authorities immediately with information and await further instructions.

After the call:

  • Call 911 and LVC public safety (ext. 6111). Important note: Do not use two-way radios or cellular phones. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
  • Do not touch or move a suspicious package.
  • Do not share the information with anyone except emergency personnel and selected College officials. Note that only designated College officials can share information publicly.
  • Follow e2Campus for evacuation information, if applicable.

Actions if a bomb threat is received by handwritten note:

  • Call 911 and LVC public safety (ext. 6111). Important note: Do not use two-way radios or cellular phones. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
  • Handle note as minimally as possible.
  • Do not touch or move a suspicious package.
  • Do not share the information with anyone except emergency personnel and selected College officials. Note that only designated College officials can share information publicly.
  • Follow e2Campus for evacuation information, if applicable.

Actions if a bomb threat is received by email:

  • Call 911 and LVC public safety (ext. 6111). Important note: Do not use two-way radios or cellular phones. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
  • Do not delete the message.
  • Do not touch or move a suspicious package. 
  • Do not share information with anyone except emergency personnel and selected College officials. Note that only designated College officials can share information publicly.