Terrorism Awareness

General Information About Terrorism

Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.


Terrorists often use threats to:

  • Create fear among the public
  • Try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism
  • Get immediate publicity for their causes

Acts of Terrorism

Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism; assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons.


High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail.

Within the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire, and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.

General Safety Guidelines

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right
  • Report suspicious activity tthe Woburn Police Department by calling 781-933-1212
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Dnot accept packages from strangers. Dnot leave luggage unattended. You should promptly report unusual behavior, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices tthe police or security personnel
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how tget out in the event of an emergency
  • Be prepared tdwithout services you normally depend on—electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and Internet transactions
  • Be Prepared: Everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves and their family and stay informed about what tdduring an emergency
  • Work with building owners tensure the following items are located on each floor of the building:
    • Portable, battery-operated radiand extra batteries
    • Several flashlights and extra batteries
    • First aid kit and manual
    • Hard hats and dust masks
    • Fluorescent tape trope off dangerous areas

More Information

For further information on Terrorism Awareness and Prevention click here. To learn more about Emergency Preparedness, visit www.ready.gov.