Bomb Threat

A bomb threat is a verbal or written threat to detonate an explosive device. Bomb threats can be received by telephone, note, or email and may be intended to cause harm or to incite fear.

If you receive a bomb threat over the phone

  • Try to stay calm.
  • Be polite and ask questions, including:
    • Where is it?
    • When is it set to go off?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
  • Allow the caller to talk without interruption.
  • Do not hang up the phone, even if the caller does.
  • Make notes about the conversation, trying to remember what was said and any identifiable characteristics, such as background noise or the vocal characteristics of the caller.
  • If possible, use another device to call 911 and/or Protective Services (780-492-5050), or get a coworker to help.
  • Follow instructions provided by emergency responders.

If you receive a written or emailed bomb threat

  • Try to stay calm.
  • Handle the note as little as possible.
  • Call 911 and then Protective Services (780-492-5050) and follow instructions.