Get Ready for Threats of Terrorism
All Georgians should begin to learn about potential threats and know that by making a simple phone call, you may help thwart a terrorist attack. It’s also important to be informed about specific types of potential terrorist threats.
Find information on the best ways to prepare and respond to terrorist attacks in this American Sign Language video.
Be Aware of Suspicious Behavior
- Surveillance: Video recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras, maps or binoculars near key facilities or events
- Suspicious Questioning: Attempting to gain information in person, by phone, mail, email, etc. regarding a key facility or people who work there
- Tests of Security: Attempts to penetrate or test physical security or procedures at a key facility/event
- Acquiring Supplies: Attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms, badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification for a key facility/event or to legally obtain items under suspicious circumstances that could be used in a terrorist attack
- Suspicious Persons: Anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment or near a key facility or event
- “Dry Runs”: Behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act, such as mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities/events, timing traffic lights or traffic flow, or other suspicious activities
- Deploying Assets: Abandoned vehicles, stockpiling of suspicious materials, or persons being deployed near a key facility/event
- If You See Something, Say Something: If you see someone behaving suspiciously, report it to local law enforcement. Tips also can be reported online through the GEMA/Homeland Security website.
Learn more about specific types of terrorist threats:
A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances. Read more…
A chemical attack is the deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment. Read more…
A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around. During a nuclear incident, it is important to avoid radioactive material. Read more…
A radiation threat, commonly referred to as a “dirty bomb,” is the use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area. Read more…
Ricin is a bi-product of the processing of Castor beans for oil. Castor beans grow wildly in arid parts of the United States. Naturally-occurring cases of ricin poisoning involve ingestion of castor beans and are marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms, circulatory failure and death. Read more…