Bomb threats usually come by telephone and generally are made by individuals who want to create an atmosphere of general anxiety or panic. All bomb threats should be taken seriously.

Telephone Bomb Threat:

  • Take the caller seriously, and remain calm.
  • Ask a lot of questions. Use the checklist below as a guide.
  • If possible, get a co-worker to call UCSB Police while you continue talking to the caller. Otherwise, call UCSB Police at 911 immediately after the call.
  • Notify your supervisor or department head.
  • Campus Police will determine if evacuation is necessary. If you do evacuate, move to your building Emergency Assembly Point and do not re-enter the area until instructed to do so by Police.

Bomb Threat Report: Questions to Ask

  1. When is the bomb going to explode?_____
  2. Where is it right now?______
  3. What does it look like?_____
  4. What kind of bomb is it?______
  5. What will cause it to explode?_____
  6. Did you place the bomb?_____
  7. What is your name?______
  8. What is your address?____
  9. Exact wording of the threat:_______________________

Caller's Voice

  • Calm
  • Nasal
  • Slow
  • Raspy
  • Loud
  • Angry
  • Stutter
  • Excited
  • Rapid
  • Deep
  • Soft
  • Laughter
  • Clearing Throat
  • Normal
  • Disguised
  • Distinct
  • Deep Breathing
  • Crying
  • Accent
  • Slurred
  • Lisp
  • Ragged
  • Cracked Voice
  • Familiar


If Voice is familiar, who did it sound like?____________
Gender of caller: ____________ Age: ___________ Length of Call:__________
Accent: Local, Foreign, Regional (describe):_________________________
Number at which call was received:____________ Time:_________ Date: ____ /____/____

Background Sounds

  • Voices
  • Street Noises
  • Factory Machinery
  • Motor
  • PA System
  • Static
  • Animal Noises
  • Music
  • Long Distance
  • House
  • Noises
  • Booth
  • Local
  • Office Machinery
  • Other


Threat Language:

  • Well Spoken (Educated)
  • Incoherent
  • Pre-Recorded
  • Foul
  • Message Read by Threat Maker
  • Irrational

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