September is Preparedness Month ~ Be prepared for terrorism ~
Posted on 9/9/2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
September 9, 2008
Bismarck, ND - While the threat of international terrorism may seem unlikely here in North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) reminds citizens to be prepared and vigilant for terrorism.
"Even though we live in the safest state in the nation, we do have an international border and the threat of terrorism remains real," said Greg Wilz, state director of homeland security. "While I do not want this threat to cause people to change their way of life, I do want people to have an increased sense of awareness of their surroundings."
Since 9-11, NDDES has worked with various other state and local agencies and other groups to plan, prepare, exercise, and train for various terrorist threats. In addition, the ND Fusion Center, which is a collaborative partnership between NDDES, the North Highway Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the North Dakota National Guard, was formed. The Fusion Center gathers and analyzes homeland security information from across the state and informs key decision makers of potential homeland security threats so appropriate actions can be implemented to protect the public.
"The ND Fusion Center is a really robust tool that promotes the sharing of information between various state agencies," said Wilz. "The information flows between state and local agencies and up to federal agencies if necessary."
The following are general guidelines for being prepared for terrorism:
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.