Bomb threats are assumed to be real and considered a threat to the university. If you receive a threat of any kind, immediately call 9-1-1.
Bomb threats are usually received by telephone, sometimes by note or letter. Most bomb threats are made by callers who want simply to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic – but all calls must be taken seriously.
If you receive a threatening call, remain calm. Keep the caller on line as long as possible to learn as much as you can. You can ask questions as long as they don’t anger the caller. If you can, activate caller ID and note whatever the telephone displays. Make a detailed, written record of the call. A useful checklist is available from the Virginia Tech Police Department or the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF).
Note, for example, the exact time of the call and the caller's exact words. During the call, if you can, note or ask the following:
Also take note of the following qualities and characteristics of the caller's voice:
Immediately after the call ends, contact the Virginia Tech Police Department by calling 9-1-1. If you are dialing from a cell phone, tell the 9-1-1 operator that you are on the Virginia Tech campus so they can transfer you to the VT Police. In addition:
If a written threat of an explosive device or other danger is received, contact the police immediately by calling 540-231-6411 (for Blacksburg campus) or 9-1-1. The threat should never be ignored. Once a threat is recognized, unnecessary handling should be avoided, but try to preserve evidence such as fingerprints, handwriting or typewriting, paper, and postal marks, which are essential to tracing the threat and identifying the author. For more detailed information, check out the Threatening or Harassing Message section of this site.
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