The events of September 11, 2001 have demonstrated a greater need for preparedness and vigilance against terrorist attacks. During a terrorist event, you would need to rely on your local police, fire, and other emergency offices for instructions.
Also, be aware that during a terrorist event, as with any other emergency, you may be without services you typically depend on. Services such as electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and the internet may not be available. Fortunately, you can prepare for a terrorist event in much the same way you would for other emergency events.
Be Aware of Suspicious Behavior. Be observant about any of the following activities:
- Surveillance: Video recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras, maps or binoculars near key facilities or events
- Suspicious Questioning: Attempting to gain information in person, by phone, mail, email, etc. regarding a key facility or people who work there
- Tests of Security: Attempts to penetrate or test physical security or procedures at a key facility/event
- Acquiring Supplies: Attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms, badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification for a key facility/event or to legally obtain items under suspicious circumstances that could be used in a terrorist attack
- Suspicious Persons: Anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment or near a key facility or event
- Dry Runs: Behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act, such as mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities/events, timing traffic lights or traffic flow, or other suspicious activities
- Deploying Assets: Abandoned vehicles, stockpiling of suspicious materials, or persons being deployed near a key facility/event
- If You See Something, Say Something: If you see someone behaving suspiciously, report it to local law enforcement. Tips also can be reported online through the GEMA/Homeland Security website.