Thursday, July 31, 2014
     

Terrorism

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Terrorism Memorial

Fort Riley, Kansas

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, to try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes. Acts of terrorism range from threats, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, bomb scares and bombings, cyber attacks, to the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. High-risk targets include military and civilian govenment facilities, international airports, large cities and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities and corporate centers. They are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail. Devastating acts, such as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the United State and their potential impact. They have raised uncertainty about what might happen next, increasing stress levels. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise. Taking prepatory action can reassure you and your family that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events. In the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way as you would prepare for other crisis events.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR TERRORISM

Unlike a tornado or flood, there will likely be NO WARNING for a terrorist attack.

Create an Emergency Plan

Establish A Meeting Place

Assemble A Disaster Kit

Protection Against Cyber Attacks