Safety & Security

Dothan Campus Bomb Threat Information


Chances are that a bomb threat call may not be directed toward an individual, but rather to the person who answers the telephone first, normally the Switchboard Operator. The most important thing to remember is CONCENTRATE ON LISTENING.


Any person receiving a bomb threat should write down what is being said. Be calm. Be courteous. Do not interrupt the caller.

Ask the caller the following:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why did you place the bomb?
  • Ask the caller to repeat message.

Keep talking to the caller as long as possible and record the following:

  • Time of call.
  • Age and sex of caller.
  • Speech pattern, accent, possible nationality, etc.
  • Emotional state of the caller.
  • Background noise.

Try to form an image of the caller. From listening to the caller, write down what you think the caller looks like, height, weight, age, fat, skinny, old, young, and any other impression you have of the caller.

If possible, use the bomb threat caller information sheet to collect as much information as possible about the caller.

Immediately after the caller hangs up, contact the Switchboard Operator, Ext. 111. Do not spend critical time attempting to call or notify any other persons or departments.

If an evacuation is required, follow the Evacuation Procedures.

The University will follow the course of action recommended by the Public Safety Director in concert with University Police.

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