If you receive a bomb threat over the telephone:

  1. Listen carefully to the details of the threat and try to keep the caller talking until you are able to get the answers to the following questions:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is it right now?
    • 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 name?
  2. Jot down whether the caller is male or female; any distinctive voice characteristics the caller may have (i.e., accent, slurring, key words used) and any background noise that you may hear.
  3. When the caller hangs up, dial*57 to activate a trace and follow the prompts.
  4. After activating the trace, call the University Police at 402-472-2222 and advise the dispatcher of all the information you learned from the caller concerning the bomb and its location. Be sure to give the dispatcher your name, office location, and telephone extension. Do not hang up until the dispatcher releases you.
  5. After you have contacted the University Police, remain quiet about the threat and stay where you are until you are contacted by the UNL Police.

The UNL Police, in cooperation with the Lincoln Fire Department, will give the order to evacuate the building if necessary.

Bomb Threat Checklist