Notice: Department of Homeland Security Issues Updated Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin
The US Department of Homeland Security has issued an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin. According to DHA, since the last NTAS Bulletin, issued in June 2016, the “...basic assessment of the global threat environment has not changed.” However, DHS does highlight the following concerns:
- Terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places.
- The holiday season, in particular, provides additional opportunities for violent extremists to target public events and places where people congregate.
- The potential for threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation.
DHS is encouraging increased public vigilance and awareness and cites this as a “…a crucial component of the swift response to the September terrorist acts in New York City and New Jersey.”
Now is an excellent time to ensure your organization is prepared to prevent and/or respond to a terrorist event. Comprehensive emergency management planning should include a program that ensures effective mitigation, preparation, response and recovery to situations that may affect the environment of care.
Included with today’s notice is an example emergency management program along with a link to the NTAS Bulletin.
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