Terrorism is the intentional use of violence against civilians to create widespread fear, typically to achieve a political and/or ideological goal. Two of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history include the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995 and the September 11, 2001 suicide attacks. Terrorists use weapons ranging from chemical agents, biological hazards, radiological or nuclear devices, and other explosives. Terrorism can be home-grown or have international ties.

If there is a terrorist attack or threat:

  • Remain calm, do not panic and listen to local radio and TV for instructions and updates.
  • Be attentive and observant. Watch for suspicious bags, packages, persons, or activities. Report any suspicion or concern to public safety authorities.
  • If an event occurs close to your home, use caution inspecting your house for damage.
  • Smell for gas and look for any new fire hazards.
  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas, leave the dwelling and call your utility company from another location.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors; especially, the elderly, disabled and those with special needs.
  • Avoid downed power lines and keep phone calls and travel to a minimum until instructed to do otherwise by local officials.
  • Follow the instructions of local emergency officials.

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