Bomb Threat

Bomb threats can be received by telephone, note, letter or email. Most bomb threats are made by persons who want to create an atmosphere of general anxiety and panic.

Bomb Threat

Bomb threats can be received by telephone, note, letter or email. Most bomb threats are made by persons who want to create an atmosphere of general anxiety and panic. All such threats must be taken seriously and handled as though an explosive is in the building.

If you receive a bomb threat, contact RCMP (911) immediately, and then UBC Campus Security (604-822-2222).

What to do when a bomb threat is received by telephone?

  1. Stay calm. Keep the caller on the line. Do not upset the caller. Indicate your willingness to cooperate.
  2. Ask a lot of questions.
    • Where is the bomb?
    • When is it going to go off?
    • What kind is it?
    • What does it look like?
    • Permit the caller to say as much as possible without interruption.
  1. Take notes on everything said and on your observations about background noise, voice characteristics, language, etc.
  2. Call RCMP — 911 immediately, and then UBC Campus Security to report the threat. If possible, get a co-worker to do this while you continue talking to the caller. (The purpose of keeping the person talking is to assist in identifying the caller. Tracing is not always possible.)

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What to do when a bomb threat is received by email or other electronic means?

  • Take notes on everything said and on your observations about background noise, voice characteristics, language, etc.
  • Call RCMP — 911 immediately, and then UBC Campus Security to report the threat. If possible, get a co-worker to do this while you continue talking to the caller. (The purpose of keeping the person talking is to assist in identifying the caller. Tracing is not always possible.)

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What to do after receiving a bomb threat?

  • Survey your immediate work area. If you see a package or a foreign object in an unusual place – DON’T TOUCH IT. Call RCMP (911) and advise them of your actions.
  • You will be advised if evacuation is necessary. Follow instructions given by emergency personnel.
  • An explosion of any type must be reported immediately to the Fire Department. Call 911.

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