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It saves lives, property, and time.

Emergencies happen, often with little or no notice. By taking action beforehand you can be prepared for any emergency.

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Terrorism and Active Shooter

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2013) Naval District Washington Police and Metropolitan Police Department police guard the front entrance to the Washington Navy Yard. The base is restricted Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 to mission essential personnel and first responders during the investigation of a fatal shooting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chatney Auger/Released) 130917-N-MM437-110
Arlington, Virginia (Sept. 11, 2001) -- A 200-foot gash exposed interior sections of the Pentagon following the terrorist crash of a commercial airliner into the southwest corner of the building. (U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Bob Houlihan, RELEASED) 010911-N-3783H-009


Acts of terrorism rank among the top potential hazards that you may face. The USS Cole bombing, 9-11, and other incidents around the globe are examples of acts of terrorism.

As a representative of the military, you are a potential target of such attacks and must be constantly on alert for the use of explosive devices, biological attacks, chemical attacks, and even nuclear or radiological dispersion devices or RDDs.

Active Shooter incidents, while by federal definition not always labeled as acts of terrorism, are criminal acts intended to cause terror in random and targeted victims. The Active Shooter incidents at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC in September 2013 and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT in December 2012 are such examples.

While these acts of violence are unpredictable, advanced preparation empowers you and your family to be ready for these and any other hazards.

Click on the navigation links under Terrorism and Active Shooter to learn how to prepare for, what to do during, and what to do after an act of terrorism and active shooter incident.

Each description of a potential terrorist or active shooter act also includes links to additional information and a printable pdf fact sheet.





Be Ready Navy—Be informed before, during, and after an incident; make a written family emergency plan; and build an emergency supply kit good for at least three days.

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