Bomb Threat

Most bomb threats are received by phone. Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain as much information as possible from the caller.

If a bomb threat is received by phone:

  1. Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
  2. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
  3. Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
  4. If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself.
  5. If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.
  6. Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist immediately. Write down as much detail as you can remember. Try to get exact words.
  7. Upon termination of call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different phone, contact authorities immediately with information and await instructions.
    • CALL 911 immediately to give the information you have obtained. Describe the caller’s voice, any background noises you heard, and the exact wording of the message.
    • If the bomb threat is received by a handwritten note, call the UGA Police and handle the note as minimally as possible.
    • If the bomb threat is received via email or social media, call the UGA Police and do not delete the message.
    • Notify your supervisor, a building representative and/or the Dean’s Office at the building where you are located. 
    • Follow instructions from the Building Safety and Security Representative and the first responders in regards to
      evacuation assembly areas.

    DO NOT:

    • Use two-way radios or cellular phone. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
    • Touch or move a suspicious package.


    Emergency Preparedness is Everyone’s Responsibility