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.
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 for a terrorist event in much the same way you prepare for other
The following are general guidelines for preparing for a terrorist event:
- 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. Your 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.
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