Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government or civilian population in furtherance of political or social objectives.


Preparing for terrorism is in many ways identical to preparing for other types of disasters. It’s still a good idea to follow general disaster planning guidelines:

  • Assemble a 72-hour kit containing food, water, clothing, a list of emergency shelter locations, and other needs for up to three days for you, your family, and your pets.
  • Develop a disaster plan for you and your family, including procedures for contacting each other if separated during an emergency.
  • Learn about hazardous materials and sheltering-in-place.
  • Learn how (and whether) to shut off your utilities.
  • Learn CPR, first aid and how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Work with your neighbors to prepare your community.