Because not all bomb threats are the same, good judgment and the cooperation of employees are especially necessary. A particular area or floor, a number of floors, or possibly the entire building may have to be relocated in the event of a bomb threat.
In the event that a bomb threat is phoned into your office, it is imperative that the person receiving the threat not risk breaking the telephone connection by attempting to transfer the call. Have someone else call 911 to report the call. The call should be extended for as long as possible, gathering as much information as possible.
Immediate arbitrary relocation or evacuation is not recommended. If the City Police or Fire Department suggest that you evacuate your area due to a bomb threat, it is important to have personnel first make a visual search of their own desks and surrounding areas. Since the employees are familiar with the workplace surroundings and what belongs (or doesn’t belong) there they are more likely to be able to identify any unusual items. Suspicious items could include boxes, cigarette packs, bags or purses, etc. If a suspicious item is located, do not touch it or cover it.