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National Terrorism Advisory System Eight Signs of Terrorism

What is Terrorism?

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.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) categorizes terrorism in the United States as one of two types — domestic terrorism or international terrorism.

Domestic terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are directed at elements of our government or population without foreign direction.

International terrorism involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are foreign-based and/or directed by countries or groups outside the United States or whose activities transcend national boundaries.

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.

High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profi le landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail. 1

You can prepare for a potential terrorism incident in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.

The following are general guidelines for preparedness for – and response to – a potential or actual terrorist event:

To prepare for a potential event:

  • Develop, review and practice your family and work disaster and communications plans; ensure telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in the family emergency communication plan are current.
  • Ensure disaster supplies kit is stocked and ready, and replace items that are outdated.
  • Be alert to suspicious activity, packages and devices, and report to the proper authorities
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
  • Exercise caution when traveling, and adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities; Do not accept packages from strangers and do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Take additional precautions at public events
  • Develop alternate routes to and from work or school. and practice them.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency.
  • Establish an alternate meeting place away from home with family/friends
  • Have shelter in place materials on hand and understand procedures
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible terrorist attacks

In the event of a potential or actual event:

  • Listen to radio or TV for current information and instructions
  • Contact work and/or school to determine expectations for attendence; Be aware of the emergency notification and evacuation plans for children in school.
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities.
  • If a need is announced, donate blood and/or volunteer
  • Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on — electricity,telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and Internet transactions.

Additional Resources:

The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative
Homepage - https://nsi.ncirc.gov/

Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC)
Homepage - https://miacx.org/
Submit Suspicious Activity Report Form - https://miacx.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/451/MenuSubID/29/MenuGroup/_Home.htm

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Homepage - https://www.fbi.gov/
Most Wanted Terrorists - https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists

US Department of Homeland Security
Homepage - https://www.dhs.gov/
Report Suspicious Activity - https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/report-suspicious-activity

St. Louis Fusion Center
Homepage - https://sltew.org/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Kansas City Regional TEW Interagency Analysis Center
Homepage - http://www.kctew.org/


  1. Reference - https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1549-20490-0802/terrorism.pdf  

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