What is Terrorism?
Terrorism is defined as a planned criminal act committed with the intent to create a state of fear in the public. It is usually done by a person or group whose goal is to further a political or ideological point of view.
Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere and take many forms. Terrorist incidents may be large- or small-scale events, which could cause loss of life, destruction of property, widespread illness, injury, and/or the displacement of large numbers of people.
Preparing for Terrorism and Intentional Act
- Assemble an emergency kit.
- Create and review your family emergency plan.
- Be informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies.
- Be aware of your surroundings. This includes taking note of unusual behavior, suspicious packages, and strange devices. If you see something, say something to public safety officials or the police.
- Find emergency exits in public buildings and venues and identify at least two ways to exit a building in case of an emergency.
- Be cautious when traveling. Do not accept packages from strangers, watch others’ bags, or leave your own luggage unattended.