Bomb Threat

What to Do: When a Bomb Threat is Received by Phone

  • Keep the caller on the line and talking as long as possible (pretend to have difficulty in hearing - ask the caller to repeat what he/she said).
  • Try to get as much information as possible about the location of the bomb and a description of the bomb and the caller. Use the Bomb Threat Checklist to record all information.
  • Stay on the line as long as the caller continues to provide useful information. If possible, have someone else use another line to call University Police.
  • After the caller hangs up, immediately call 828-262-8000 and notify Appalachian Police.
  • Do not activate the fire alarm.
  • If an evacuation of the building is ordered, take the Bomb Threat Checklist with you and give it to police.

What to Do: When a Suspicious Object or Potential Bomb is Discovered

  • Do not touch, move or disturb any suspicious object you feel might be a bomb.
  • Do not activate the fire alarm.
  • Keep people away from the area where the suspicious object is and call Appalachian Police at 828-262-8000.
  • Be sure to include a description of the object and its location when reporting.

What to Do: When an Evacuation is Ordered

  • Collect your personal belongings (ie. purse, briefcase, etc.) and take them with you as you exit the building.
  • Look around your desk and/or office for any suspicious items. Do not touch anything suspicious, instead, report it to police after you exit the building.
  • After evacuation, report to an Emergency Assembly Area.
  • Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by appropriate personnel (Appalachian Police, Boone Police Department or Boone Fire Department, for instance).

More Information



  • On-campus: Appalachian Police (828-262-8000) or 911
  • Off-campus: 911