Bomb Threat


A bomb threat is usually a verbal or written threat to detonate an explosive or incendiary device to cause property damage, death, or injuries, whether or not such a device actually exists.

Bomb threats are to be taken seriously until proven otherwise.


Immediate action

If a bomb threat is received by handwritten note, handle the note as little as possible and initiate the bomb threat procedure described below.


Bomb threat procedure


Call 9-1-1 but DO NOT USE A CELL PHONE or two-way radio which have potential to detonate a bomb. Get away from the area and use a landline.

·        DO NOT announce an evacuation of the building until police arrive and evaluate the threat.

·         DO NOT activate the fire alarm.

·         DO NOT touch or move a suspicious package (description on following page).


If a bomb threat is received by email, do not delete the message and initiate the bomb threat procedure described above.


If a bomb threat is received by phone, gain as much information from the caller as possible. 


1.      Remain calm. If your phone has a caller ID display, immediately copy the number.

2.      Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does. Listen carefully. Use the script below.

3.      After the call is finished, do not hang up. Go to another phone to call 9-1-1.


SCRIPT: “I’m listening. Tell me what you want me to know. I’m writing it down.”


If the person seems finished talking, say: “I have some questions. Would you answer them for me?”



Write answers here.

Where is the bomb located?

(building, floor, room)


When is the bomb going to explode?



What does the bomb look like?



What kind of bomb is it?



What will cause the bomb to explode?




Did you place the bomb? If so, why?



What is your name?




Listen for information about caller:


1.      Apparent gender, race, age of the caller.

2.      Characteristics of the caller’s voice (calm, angry, excited, accent, etc.).

3.      Background sounds (street noises, static on the line, etc.).


Be aware of the signs of a suspicious package:


No return address                  Poorly handwritten

Excessive postage                 Misspelled words

Stains                                     Incorrect titles

Strange odor                          Foreign postage

Strange sounds                      Restrictive notes

Unexpected delivery



Important ATSU Emergency Numbers


Security Emergency and non-emergency 
(On Campus) ext. 33
(Off Campus) 1-660-349-9513

Kirksville Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 9-911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911


Security Office: *7 from any campus phone
Switchboard : 0 
Security Phone: 480-341-9075

Security *Emergencies Only*
(On Campus) *7 from any campus phone

Mesa Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911