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News | Aug. 2, 2021

Security officials remind employees to be vigilant

By Russell Pitts, Installation Antiterrorism Officer Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond’s Security and Emergency Services

In the United States, the workplace has been the primary target of terrorism. From the events of 9-11 that targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to the active shooter events at Fort Hood, Texas, there is a need to be prepared.

Antiterrorism preparedness is a series of common-sense measures that can be applied no matter how small the probability of a terrorist attack.  You and your family should apply these basic precautions to increase your personal safety. Listed below are a few protective measures and techniques you can take to increase your survival chances during an emergency.  

Residential security: Do not place a name or rank on the outside of your residence or mailbox. Have good lighting – motion activated is highly recommended. Limit potential hiding places by controlling vegetation.

Entrances and exits: Solid doors with dead-bolt locks; one-way peepholes in doors; and locks on windows and skylights.

Interior: Use alarm and intercom systems. Have fire extinguishers and medical and first aid kits on hand.

Training and awareness: Complete your antiterrorism training yearly; attend an Active Shooter Awareness class and contact local law enforcement for crime prevention tips.

Tips for the family at home: Practice key control. Change locks if keys are lost. Lock all entrances/garage doors at night. Shred all documents with personally identifiable information. Know your neighbors and join a neighborhood watch. Be aware of the threat level; listen to local news reports or read reports in local newspapers.

Be suspicious: Be alert to public work crews – verify identity before allowing entry. Write down license plate numbers and description of vehicle/occupants of suspicious vehicles. Practice good operations security, or OPSEC; do not reveal personal information to strangers/acquaintances.

Remember: Say something if you see something! It is important to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement (911 on installation phone only, or 804-279-4888 on all phones), your supervisor, iWATCH DLA email, or through DLA Today DLA iWATCH on the DLA intranet (accessible to DLA employees with a common access card).

While the list above is not all-inclusive, it should help with developing a plan or strategy to protect you and your family should a terrorist event occur. Employees with any additional questions, may contact Russell Pitts.