All Georgians should begin to learn about potential threats and know that by making a simple phone call, you may help thwart a terrorist attack. It’s also important to be informed about specific types of potential terrorist threats.

Be Aware Of Suspicious Behavior

  • Surveillance: Video recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras, maps or binoculars near key facilities or events
  • Suspicious Questioning: Attempting to gain information in person, by phone, mail, email, etc. regarding a key facility or people who work there
  • Tests of Security: Attempts to penetrate or test physical security or procedures at a key facility/event
  • Acquiring Supplies: Attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms, badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification for a key facility/event or to legally obtain items under suspicious circumstances that could be used in a terrorist attack
  • Suspicious Persons: Anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment or near a key facility or event
  • “Dry Runs”: Behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act, such as mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities/events, timing traffic lights or traffic flow, or other suspicious activities
  • Deploying Assets: Abandoned vehicles, stockpiling of suspicious materials, or persons being deployed near a key facility/event
  • If You See Something, Say Something: If you see someone behaving suspiciously, report it to local law enforcement. Tips also can be reported online through the GEMA/HS website.

Learn More About Specific Types of Terrorist Threats

Biological Threat

A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances.
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Chemical Threat

A chemical attack is the deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment.
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Nuclear Threat

A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around. During a nuclear incident, it is important to avoid radioactive material.
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Radiation Threat

A radiation threat, commonly referred to as a “dirty bomb,” is the use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area.
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