Terror Attacks in the United States
California’s population, industrial infrastructure, economic importance, international reputation, media industry and numerous iconic features combine to make the state a potential target for both domestic and international terrorist attacks. Terrorists typically exploit vulnerabilities caused by technological hazards and may include hazardous materials, biological agents that result in epidemics, or attempts to damage the state’s critical infrastructure including cyber attacks which pose potentially devastating disruptions to essential communications such as voice, email and Internet connectivity.
The following are general guidelines from the United States Department of Homeland Security:
- 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. You should promptly report unusual behavior, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices to the police or security personnel.
- 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.
- Work with building owners to ensure the following items are located on each floor of the building:
- Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
- Several flashlights and extra batteries.
- First aid kit and manual.
- Hard hats and dust masks.
- Fluorescent tape to rope off dangerous areas.
The United States Department of Homeland Security suggests that all Americans should continue to be vigilant, take notice of their surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately. Current threat level and preparedness information is available DHS Terrorism