Bomb Threat

A threat, usually verbal or written, to detonate an explosive or incendiary device to cause property damage, death, or injuries, whether or not such a device actually exists. Typically delivered by telephone, the majority of such threats are intended to cause disruption, revenge, or play practical jokes, rather than warning of real devices.

• Download and complete the UM Bomb Threat Data Form.
• Call your campus emergency phone number.


Action Guidelines

If you receive a bomb threat via phone ask the following questions:
  • What time/day is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Why?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name?

Attempt to identify the characteristics of the caller:
  • Male or female
  • Accent
  • Sober or intoxicated
  • Nervous or calm.
  • Other identifiable characteristics in the caller’s voice
  • Background noise

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CRITICAL INFORMATION: 
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Important Phone Numbers Shelter-In-Place
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SPECIFIC ACTION GUIDELINES: 
Active Shooter/Armed Intruder Hurricane
Bomb Threat Medical
Concerning Behavior Suspicious Activity
Explosion Utility Failure
Fire Weather
Hazardous Materials
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 
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