[school’s name here]
The Bomb Threat Response Plan
The Reality of Bombs
• Bombings are very rare. In the last three years, there were only
65 incidents where an actual explosive device was placed in a
school (excluding colleges).
• However, from 1993-1997, juveniles were responsible for 34%
of the bombings in the United States. In some states, the
percentage is as high as 66%. 87% of the devices that juveniles
build function, which is 6% higher than the national average of
81% for all bombs placed on a target. Juveniles have built
sophisticated devices, some even using high explosives.
• We must investigate and respond to every bomb threat we
• To respond properly and consistently, we have created a bomb
threat response plan. This presentation will explain our plan.
Penalties for False Bomb Threats
• Making a false bomb threat is a federal offense
punishable under United States Code 18-844e,
with a penalty of up to ten years in prison,
$250,000 fine, or both. This penalty also applies
to juvenile offenders.
• [insert state law penalties, if known]
District and School Policy
• Our district has specific penalties and
sanctions if a student or staff member is
caught making a false bomb threat. [insert
district measures and policies here]
• Our school has also adopted additional
measures. [insert school measures and
policies here] These measures are
explained in our student code of conduct.
• To combat bomb threats, we have implemented a twopart prevention initiative:
– Improve the physical security of the school
– Improve relations between students, faculty,
administration, and parents.
• It is especially important that we listen to students and
make students feel comfortable coming forward with
information. As parents, you can help by listening to
your kids, talking to them after a bomb threat, and by
bringing any information to our attention.
• Here are the specific prevention measures
and programs we have taken:
– [list specifics of your prevention effort]
• All our staff members have been trained in
our bomb threat response protocol and in
• In addition, members of our Search Teams,
who search our school for suspicious items
in the event of a bomb threat, and our
Evacuation Units, who oversee the
evacuation, have been trained in these roles.
Bomb Threat Response Team
• Our school has created a Bomb Threat Response Team.
This multidisciplinary team has the responsibility of
determining and coordinating our response to each bomb
threat, as well as interfacing with community emergency
services like fire and police.
• The members of our BTRT are:
– [list team members]
• Each BTRT member has a specific responsibility. Our
BTRT has created a bomb threat response plan specifically
for our school.
Site Decision Maker
• The head of the BTRT is the Site Decision
Maker. Our Site Decision Maker is [insert
name]. This person coordinates all
activities and makes all final judgment calls.
In the event that this person is not available,
[insert name] is the alternate.
Coordination with Emergency
• The BTRT has coordinated all its efforts
with fire, police, the bomb squad, and other
community resources. Each agency’s role
has been defined and emergency services
have visited our school to plan their
response. We are striving for a seamless
response to all incidents.
Facilities Review
• In cooperation with emergency services, we
have conducted a review of our facilities
and have implemented additional physical
security measures where deemed
appropriate. [Discuss any new measures
that parents should be aware of.]
Assessment and Response
• Our BTRT and Threat Assessment Team
assess the threat and determine an
appropriate response. This response may be
search in place with evacuation if
warranted, evacuation, or other method.
The response is tailored to the specifics of
the threat and situation.
• Once the BTRT and Threat Assessment
Teams have determined how to proceed, the
Search Teams may be assembled to search
the school and/or the Evacuation Units may
be deployed to oversee evacuation. These
teams have been trained and all staff is
being trained in evacuation procedures for a
bomb threat.
• If the threatener is known and is a student,
the BTRT/TAT may take additional steps,
including interviewing the threatener, and
his/her teachers, friends, and parents. The
Team will then determine appropriate
immediate and long-term responses to
address the current situation and the
student’s long-term well-being.
Evacuation Policy
• Our school does not evacuate for every
bomb threat. [explain why][change if your
school does have mandatory evacuation]
Communication Methods
• If students must be dismissed from school,
parents will be notified via [communication
method, such as phone tree or local cable].
Student Pick-Up
• If students were evacuated prior to dismissal,
parents who wish to pick up their students should
proceed to [location of parent/family reunification
area]. Our Parent Liaison, [name], will be
available to address your concerns and coordinate
• Students will be signed-out on a case-by-case
basis. Only authorized persons, as specified on
the student’s emergency contact form, will be
allowed to pick up students. You must have ID.
Special Situations
• We have additional steps for situations
when a bomb threat involves:
A school bus [explain measures in general]
A special event [explain measures in general]
A field trip [explain measures in general]
Before or after school hours [explain measures
in general]
– During summer school [explain measures in
If An Incident Occurs
• If, despite our best efforts, an incident occurs, it is
important that our professionals and emergency response
agencies are able to do their job to care for your children.
We need your cooperation:
– In the event of evacuation, our students and staff are
instructed to turn off their cellular phones and pagers so
they do not accidentally trigger a device. Please do not
attempt to contact your child using these methods.
– Please do not call the school. We need to keep the
phone lines clear for emergency services. We will be
contacting you with information as per the
communication methods we discussed earlier.
If An Incident Occurs
– Do not come to the school until contacted and instructed to do so.
This will allow emergency services time and space to do their job.
When you are instructed to do so, please proceed to the Parent/Family
Reunification Area at [location]. Our Parent Liaison, [name of Parent
Liaison] will be available to answer your questions, update you, and
coordinate student sign-out.
– Please do not attempt to cross a police line, interfere with emergency
services, impede command or rescue operations, or contact your child
at their assembly area. We must keep control of the scene at all times
and we need your cooperation so we know where everyone is at all
times and that they are not in a danger zone.
– Do not take your child from the school premises without completing
the sign-out procedure. If you do, we will waste valuable time and
resources trying to find that student, and may jeopardize other lives for
no reason.
If An Incident Occurs
• Instruct your child not to talk to the media during a crisis. It is
important that misinformation and partial information does not
get communicated to others. We have a designated media
holding area located away from the students and a Media
Liaison to release accurate information to the media. It is
important that our students be kept in their designated assembly
areas and under the supervision of our staff until released to
their parents.
• Above all, please remain calm. We have a plan and we have
trained on it and practiced it. Please let us do our job. We know
that we can rely on your cooperation because we have spent this
presentation time together explaining the proper procedures.
• The BTRT debriefs after every bomb threat response
to improve our procedures. Please contact the
Principal if you have feedback.
• In cooperation with law enforcement, our school
investigates every bomb threat and attempts to find
out who perpetrated it and take appropriate action. If
you hear any rumors or discussions about the threat,
please speak to the Principal.
• Encourage your children to tell you if they have any
knowledge of who made the threat. Please share this
information with the Principal.
• If your child is having problems or exhibiting
threatening behavior, let us help you. Speak to the
Principal or your child’s Guidance Counselor.
• Our school provides support services for staff and
students after a bomb threat. Please see [name of
mental health person or counselor] if your child
needs assistance.
• Our school also properly reports each bomb threat
to law enforcement and to the district.
Thank You
Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive
learning environment for our students. This
takes effort and cooperation on everyone’s
part. Thank you for taking an active role in
our school.