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General Terrorism Information
Terrorism has emerged as a very real threat across our nation and internationally. Any organization, group or individual can be a target or innocent victim of terrorism.
In the past 20 years, terrorist attacks upon Americans have included the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, the 1996 bombing of the Olympics in Atlanta, and the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Terrorism can take many forms, from an individual with a gun or bomb to groups using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Depending on the nature of the attack and type of weapon used, the campus community may be affected by either an on or off campus attack. In many instances the incident may not be immediately identifiable as a terrorist attack.
Your response to an incident should follow the guidelines for the type of event that occurs (a detonated bomb should be treated as an explosion).
The following general information on terrorism is taken from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website. Refer to the FEMA website for additional information on terrorism.
Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of criminal laws 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 cause.
Acts of terrorism include bomb scares and bombings, cyber (computer-based) attacks, and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons.
Within the immediate area of a terrorist event, you need to rely on police, fire and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.
General Safety Guidelines
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
- Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
- Promptly report unusual behavior, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices to the University Police or call 9-1-1.
- Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency.
- Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on - electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs and internet transactions.