Bomb threat

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If you receive a bomb threat do not use a mobile phone, two-way radios or other electronic equipment that may trigger a device. Do not set off the fire alarms - they may trigger an explosion.

The basic rules are to keep calm, treat it as genuine and record exact information.

If a threat is received by phone: check the caller display on the phone and record the number if displayed.

Types of bomb threats

1. Specific: information / location will be given about the device, or a suspicious item and / or location.

2. Non-Specific: no information given other than e.g. “There is a bomb in the building”.

Specific bomb threat

On a landline call Security 1800 646 501, state you have received a “Specific Bomb Threat”. If possible recall exact wording of threat.

If possible ask and record answers to:

  • Where is the bomb?
  • What time will it explode?
  • What does it look like?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • Why did you place the bomb?

Note anything about the caller and the call:

  • Exact wording of the threat
  • Caller’s voice – gender, accent, speech impediment
  • Type of language used
  • Background noise
  • The time the threat was received.

Non-Specific bomb threat

On a landline, call Security on 1800 646 501, state you have received a “non-specific bomb threat”. Report as many details as you can.

If a suspicious object or area is found – leave it as is. Call Security on 1800 646 501 and provide as many details as you can. Evacuate the area, warn others and leave doors and windows open.

Suspected mail bomb

  • Do not open or cut strings
  • If already lifted, gently lower to a level surface, otherwise leave as it is
  • Evacuate immediate area to a safe area
  • Leave doors and windows open
  • On landline call Security on 1800 646 501 and state “Mail Bomb” giving exact location and details.

For further information refer to the Suspicious Item procedure.

Further information