Every community large or small can be subject to an act of terrorism. Most people believe that terrorism can’t happen here in a small town like Longmont. It is perceived to only happen in other places and big cities; however, it could easily happen here.
Terrorists exploit vulnerabilities that may include:
- Public Transportation System
- Water and Electrical Systems
- Hazardous Materials
- Lack of Cyber Security
These vulnerabilities can result in active shooters, cyber-attacks, epidemics and other acts of terrorism.
Knowing the steps to take to report a potential threat is key to stopping terrorism. The following are general guidelines from the United States Department of Homeland Security:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
- Promptly report to local police:
- Unusual behavior
- Suspicious or unattended packages
- Strange devices.
- Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent and know how to get out in the event of an emergency.
- Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on such as electricity, phones, natural gas, ATMs, and internet.
For more information about emergency preparedness in Longmont, please call the City of Longmont, Office of Emergency Management at (303) 651-8438 or contact us by email