Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three New Terror Reports & Warning from Attorney General

A suspicious device in the Rome metro, a "credible" but not yet operational threat to food supply in US hotels and 12 arrested in a terror plot in Britain are just a few of the news reports of recent terror threats.  Also in an interview with ABC News, Attorney General Eric Holder said the terrorism "threat is real, the threat is different, the threat is constant."

As risk managers, we need to understand this threat and how best to prevent or respond to it.  Almost more importantly, however, we need to communicate what we can do to reduce this risk: Hold the hype and heavy on the practical:

The Department of Homeland Security's "See something, say something" campaign is a good start.  If you see someone behaving oddly, particularly in a large, public place, or near critical infrastructure, trust your gut:  

  • Report crimes or dangerous situations immediately to local authorities (911 or your local number).
  • Report suspected terrorism or criminal activity to the FBI online
  • To provide information on select major cases, call the FBI’s Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)

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