Get Ready for Threats of Terrorism
As the events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated, terrorist attacks can occur quickly and unexpectedly. In Georgia, a college student was convicted in June 2009 of conspiring to provide material support for terrorism and was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison.
During the 1996 Olympics, a bombing occurred at Centennial Olympic Park, killing two and injuring 111. The next year, an Atlanta-area health clinic and a gay nightclub were bombed by the same man. Eric Rudolph pled guilty to these crimes in 2005 and is now serving a life sentence in prison.
All Georgians should begin to learn about potential threats and know that by making a simple phone call, you may help thwart a terrorist attack. In addition to the tips below, you can also find information on the best ways to prepare and respond to terrorist attacks in this American Sign Language video.
Be Aware of Suspicious Behavior
- 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, e-mail, 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. The Georgia Office of Homeland Security also has a Georgia Office of Homeland Security devoted to reporting such behavior.