The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) is a robust terrorism advisory system that provides timely information to the public about credible terrorist threats and replaces the former color-coded alert system.
NTAS threat alerts will be issued for a specific time period and will automatically expire. Alerts may be extended if new information becomes available or as a specific threat evolves.
Learn more by reading the public guide to the National Terrorism Advisory System.
Terrorism Prevention & Preparation
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or manmade emergency.
Additional tips to consider:
Be aware of your surroundings;
report suspicious activity to prevent a terrorist
Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not
Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual
Do not accept packages from strangers and do no not leave luggage
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 such as
electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash
registers, ATMs and Internet transactions.
Most importantly, stay calm, be patient and think before you act.
With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the
Terrorism Publications, Links and Resources
- National Terrorism Advisory System (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
- SecureTransit.org (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
- Terrorism (American Red Cross)
- Terrorism Basics (Virginia Emergency Management)
- Terrorism Toolkit (Virginia Emergency Management)
- Threats and Emergencies (Virginia Emergency Management)