The safety and security of our citizens is our highest priority. Emergency preparedness is part of this effort. In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at Secretary Janet Napolitano's direction, launched a national "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign –a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.
The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign aims to empower people to monitor their own environment for suspicious objects or behavior on trains or buses, at stations and other public places. By being observant in these types of settings, you could drastically minimize the chance of danger and help to keep our state safer.
If you see something, say something in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qml7obNdmgk&hd=1
Share this information by putting up a poster! http://www.in.gov/iifc/files/SeeSay_11x14_Indiana.pdf
The public is reminded that, before an act, terrorists may use a variety of activities to find out more about their target, to test its security procedures, and to plan their attack. Everyone should be alert for the following suspicious activities:
· Conducting surveillance: Be aware of individuals who are seen multiple times at the same locations, sitting in parked vehicles, waiting or loitering at stations for extended periods, taking notes or annotating maps, or showing an abnormal interest in operations and facilities.
· Infiltrating secure areas: Be aware of individuals who are entering restricted areas, attempting to gain access into restricted areas or asking for security sensitive information.
· Testing security: Be aware of individuals who are changing or tampering with locks, disabling surveillance equipment, compromising fences or gates.
· Suspicious behavior: Be aware of unusual or out-of-place activity for your transportation and community environment.
· Suspicious packages, bags or vehicles: Be aware of unaccompanied packages or bags placed in a discreet location or other obscured area, or unoccupied vehicles parked close to buildings, bridges, stations, terminals, or other critical structures.
Indianapolis keeps its public informed through its website, which contains emergency preparedness and awareness information. Please visit getreadyindiana.org for more information.
The City of Indianapolis – Marion County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. The next CERT training will be offered Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 from 9:00am - 3:00 pm. Sign Up Here.
You can help keep Indianapolis a safe and secure environment by reporting unattended packages and suspicious activity at 1-877-226-1026. Never assume someone else will make the call. If you feel immediate attention is necessary, please call 911. Tell them what you saw and why it struck you as odd. It’s as simple as that.
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If you see something, say something.