Richmond, Va. –
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 DLAAVNiWatch@dla.mil, 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.