It is very important that the person who receives a bomb threat remain calm and professional at all times. Listen carefully to the caller and get as much information as possible.
- Any person receiving a bomb threat over the telephone should ask the caller:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is it right now?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will cause it to explode?
- Did you place the bomb?
- Where are you calling from?
- What is your name/address?
- When talking to the caller record the following information:
- The exact wording of the threat.
- Sex, race, age and nationality of the caller.
- Telephone number where call was received.
- Date, time and length of the call.
- Details regarding the caller’s voice.
- Background sounds.
- Threat language (i.e. educated, irrational, hostile.)
- Any additional pertinent information.
- During the call, attempt to alert a coworker that you are receiving a bomb threat. That person should contact the Department of Public Safety. If you are alone, when the call ends, immediately contact the Department of Public Safety at (810) 762-5666 or (810) 762-0222 with information about the bomb threat. After you have contacted the Department of Public Safety, report to your direct supervisor.
A Bomb Threat Checklist must be completed by the recipient of the call and presented to the responding public safety officer.
- All building evacuations will occur upon notification by the Department of Public Safety, Building Emergency Response Team members and emergency alert systems.
- When an evacuation is initiated, leave by the nearest safe exit and alert others to do the same.
- Do not use elevators.
- Once outside, proceed to a clear, sheltered area as directed by emergency personnel. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless authorized by a uniformed public safety, police or fire officer.
If the situation warrants, Public Safety will also notify the Genesee County Sheriff Department or the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad.