Yellowstone County, Montana
Disaster & Emergency Services
Preparation Tips: WMD/Terrorism Contact Department

WMD/Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for the purpose of intimidation coercion or ransom. Acts of terrorism range from threats of terrorism, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, bomb scares and bombings, cyber attacks (computer-based), to the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.


Preparing for WMD/Terrorism:

  • Wherever you are, be aware of your surroundings.
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. Unusual behavior, suspicious packages and strange devices should be promptly reported to the police or security personnel.
  • Do not be afraid to move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit at home and learn first aid.
  • In case of a bomb threat, get as much information from the caller as possible. Keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said. Then notify the police and the building management.
  • In case of a chemical or biological weapon attack near you, authorities will instruct you on the best course of action. This may be to evacuate the area immediately, to seek shelter at a designated location, or to take immediate shelter where you are and seal the premises.


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