- Throughout human history, there have been
many threats to the security of nations. These
threats have brought about large-scale losses of
life, the destruction of property, widespread
illness and injury, the displacement of large
numbers of people, and devastating economic
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General Information About Terrorism:
Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons
or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United
States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.
Terrorists often use threats to:
- Create fear among the public.
- Try to convince citizens that their government is
powerless to prevent terrorism.
- Get immediate publicity for their causes.
Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism;
assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and
bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of
chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons.
High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military
and civilian government facilities, international airports,
large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might
also target large public gatherings, water and food
supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further,
terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending
explosives or chemical and biological agents through the
Within the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would
need to rely on police, fire, and other officials for
instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way
you would prepare for other crisis events.
General Safety Guidelines:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if
something does not seem right.
- Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of
conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages
from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. You
should promptly report unusual behavior, suspicious or
unattended packages, and strange devices to the police
or security personnel.
- Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings
you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an
- Be prepared to do without services you normally
depend on—electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline
pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and Internet transactions.
- Work with building owners to ensure the following
items are located on each floor of the building:
- Portable, battery-operated radio and extra
- Several flashlights and extra batteries.
- First aid kit and manual.
- Hard hats and dust masks.
- Fluorescent tape to rope off dangerous areas.
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