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Bomb Threat

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

  • REMAIN CALM
  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
  • Listen carefully to the caller's voice and words.
  • Record the time and caller ID number if shown.
  • Ask the caller the following questions and write down the answers as soon as possible:
    • Where is the bomb?
    • When will it explode?
    • What does the bomb look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Why?
    • What is your name?
    • Are you an employee/student?
    • Where are you calling from?
  • Write down any information such as:
    • Background noises
    • Gender of the caller
    • Voice pitches and patterns
    • Any other information that stands out or seems unusual to you
  • Immediately Call Campus Security at ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 to report the incident.
  • If the bomb threat is received by a handwritten note, call Belmont Campus Security and handle the note as minimally as possible.
  • If the bomb or suspicious package is discovered, do not handle the package. Get away.
  • Do not use cell phones, radios, or other wireless devices in the building or area.
  • If evacuation is ordered, look around as you exit for anything suspicious or out of place. If you noticed anything suspicious while evacuating, tell public safety personnel.
  • Upon exiting the building, assemble outside and remain until instructed it is safe to return.
  • Follow all instruction from Campus Security. Do not re-enter the building unless told to do so by Campus Security or Building Coordinators.
  • Follow instructions from the Building Coordinator and the first responders in regards to evacuation assembly areas.

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