What is Terrorism?

Terrorism is intended to cause mass casualties, panic or the loss of critical resources to disrupt vital services or the economy. It may include violence or cyberattacks.

Acts of terrorism are more likely to occur at or near high-profile sites or places where large numbers of people gather—like government buildings, military facilities, utilities, bus or train stations, and major public events. Be alert to your surroundings, and the people around you.

How Can I Help?

Report anything that appears suspicious, or out of the ordinary, by calling 911 or your local FBI office.  You can also report suspected terrorism or criminal activity to the FBI online (tips.fbi.gov). Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it is suspicious.
  • How can I prepare?

Preparing for acts of terrorism depend on the type of act being committed.  You may need to evacuate an area, or stay where you are and shelter in place.  Always know where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent.  Move, or leave, if you feel uncomfortable, or if something does not seem right.  Notify the authorities of your concern.

See something, say something.

When you travel:

Check the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov) and the Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov) websites for any travel advisories, or procedure changes.

Keep your identification papers in a secure place at all times.

Cooperate with security officials.

Need to Know

  • Pay attention to your surroundings, and those around you;
  • Have a plan and be prepared to act; and
  • If you see something, say something. Notify authorities (911 or FBI).