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Bomb Threat

Bomb threats or suspicious items should always be taken seriously. How quickly and safely you react to a bomb threat could save lives, including your own.

Bomb Threats across the U.S.

A total of 1,536 bomb threat incidents were reported in 2016

The Bomb/Arson Tracking System (BATS) is the national repository for arson and explosive related incidents reported to the United States Bomb Data Center (USBDC) from law enforcement/ public safety agencies.

States reporting the most bomb threats in BATS are Illinois (170), Texas (112), Ohio (109), and Maryland (88).

  • 529 bomb threats made to schools.
  • 254 bomb threats to businesses.
  • 186 bomb threats made to residences.

Since 2014, there has been an 33% increase in threats to schools.

Bomb threats to residences have decreased 35% between 2014 and 2016.

Bomb Threat Training Video 

Dept. of Homeland Security

Download and print the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bomb Threat Checklist used in this video.

What to do: Bomb Searches

CISA – Dept. of Homeland Security

Describes basic bomb search procedures and demonstrates in detail, room, route, and area search techniques that can be applied to any type of facility. This video demonstrates in detail, the room, route, and area search techniques that can be applied to any type of facility.

What to do: Suspicious or Unattended Item

CISA – Dept. of Homeland Security

Demonstrates how you can determine whether an item is suspicious (potential bomb) or simply unattended and will help you prepare and react appropriately.

DHS Website – Bomb Threat – What to do?

Bomb threats or suspicious items should always be taken seriously. How quickly and safely you react to a bomb threat could save lives, including your own. What should you do?

The guidance and resources listed below outline in-depth procedures for either bomb threats or suspicious items and will help you prepare and react appropriately during these events.

Website

DHS Bomb Threat Checklist

This is the Department of Homeland Security Bomb Threat Checklist.

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) also has a variety of other counter-improvised explosive device (IED) training courses and awareness products.

Checklist

ATF – Bomb Threat Stats

Current statistics from the ATF on bomb threat/scares.

Website

IED MANUFACTURE INDICATORS

First Responders Toolbox

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