Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Procedures

Bomb Threats

  • What to Do

    Bomb threats are most commonly received by phone. A person receiving a telephoned bomb threat should:

    • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
    • Write down all the information obtained. Ideally, take notes when the caller is talking. Refrain from speaking to anyone until your notes are complete. (Use the bomb-threat report form provided at the back of this booklet.)
    • Notify Public Safety at x5911 or (206) 296-5911.

    For other types of bomb or suspicious situations:

    • Check your work area for suspicious packages or bags; if found, do not touch. Report any suspicious objects to Public Safety.
    • Evacuate immediately if a bomb is discovered before authorities arrive.

    What Not to Do

    • Do not assume a bomb threat is a prank. Assume it is real.
    • Do not touch, move or cover a suspected bomb. Note its description, exact location and report it to authorities.
    • Do not use two-way radios or cell phones in the area.