Bomb Threat

Bomb threats may be delivered in a variety of ways including written communication, 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 cell phones or radio equipment within 500 feet of a suspicious object or a building that is the target of a bomb threat.

Actions for a bomb threat by phone

 During the call:

  • DO NOT hang up.
  • Remain calm, be courteous, and listen carefully.
  • Attempt to find out why the caller is upset.
  • Identify the type of threat and to whom it is directed.
  • Check caller ID if available.
  • Get as much information as possible to help identify the caller (i.e., gender. age, accent).

 After the call:

  • Write down as much information as possible.
  • Call 911 and LVC public safety (ext. 6111). Important note: Do not use cell phones or radio equipment within 500 feet of a suspicious object or a building that is the target of a bomb threat.
  • Do not share the information with anyone except emergency personnel and selected College officials. Note that only designated College officials can share information publicly.

Actions for a written or recorded bomb threat

  • Save all materials as evidence.
  • Minimize handling of all materials.
  • Call 911 and LVC public safety (ext. 6111). Important note: Do not use cell phones or radio equipment within 500 feet of a suspicious object or a building that is the target of a bomb threat.
  • Do not share the information with anyone except emergency personnel and selected College officials. Note that only designated College officials can share information publicly.