A message from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The threat of terrorism forces us to make a choice. We can be afraid or we can be prepared. Don't be afraid; be ready — one individual, one family, one community at a time.
The Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign seeks to help American families be better prepared for even unlikely emergency scenarios. Although we cannot always predict an attack, you and your family can take simple steps to prepare for a terrorist attack.
You can obtain the information you need by:
- visiting ready.gov;
- calling 800-BE READY (237-3239) for printed materials.
Members of our military, the CIA, the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service, the Transportation Security Administration, Border Patrol and local first responders all are engaged in the war on terrorism. The Ready Campaign will help you prepare as well, so you and your family members can live without fear.
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Potential Terrorist Threats
The notion of terrorist threats brings to mind weapons of mass destruction (including bombings, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive agents) capable of disrupting infrastructure and the economy. Potential targets may include nuclear power generators and other public utility facilities; airlines, airports, railroads and other transportation systems; major public events; and high-profile landmarks, including bridges, dams, schools and other prominent buildings.
As in all cities in America, the greater Sacramento area contains potential targets. Consequently, we must remain vigilant. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office and local police departments, along with many federal, state and local government agencies, work closely together to detect and prevent terrorist activities.
You also can participate by taking these steps:
- Observe routines. Be alert as you go about your daily business. Learn the normal routines of your community and workplace. Understanding these routines will help you to spot activities that appear out of place.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Get to know your neighbors. Be on the look-out for suspicious individuals or activities in your neighborhood, workplace or while traveling.
- Take what you hear seriously. If you hear or know of someone who has bragged or talked about plans to harm citizens or who claims membership in a terrorist organization, take the remark seriously and immediately report it to law enforcement officials.
- Opening mail and packages
- Bomb Threats