The Lee County Emergency Management Agency is the Local Point of Contact for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
The mission of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security is to work with our federal, state, and local partners to prevent acts of terrorism in Alabama, to protect lives and safeguard property, and if required, to respond to any acts of terrorism occurring in Alabama. To accomplish this mission, we work closely with both public and private sector stakeholders in a wide range of disciplines: law enforcement, emergency management, emergency medical, fire services, public works, agriculture, public health, public safety communications, environmental management, military, transportation, and more.
Alabama citizens should provide terrorism related tips to their local law enforcement agencies. These tips will be investigated locally and then reported by law enforcement to the Alabama Fusion Center.
Most people will not run into terrorists or extremists in their daily routine but some have and will. Even if the unusual turns out to be criminal conduct, it probably is not terrorist related, but once again, it could be. Law enforcement needs citizens to report suspicious activity even if it ultimately turns out to be innocent or normal criminal activity. Without leads, there are no investigations and only investigations lead to convictions.
The indicators listed below are not fool-proof. There is no checklist that will tell you when you have reached the level of suspicious activity. However, if you encounter an increasing number of indicators, commonsense would tell you that increased attention should be paid and more thought should be given to reporting your observations. The possibility that you may run across these indicators will depend on your alertness as well as where you work, live, commute, what you do, etc.
- Unusual requests for information may be an attempt to gather information prior to an attack. Inquiries about security & safety procedures, habits of key personnel, personal information, and in-depth information on operating systems, mail handling procedures, communications, facility structures, etc. These inquiries could be verbal, mail, FAX, or other electronic forms.
- Unusual interest in high risk or symbolic targets. Specifically if that interest is more oriented towards security procedures, access points, and structural layout rather than the more tourist type views. Surveillance, photographs, videos, taking notes, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps or mapping out locations, using binoculars, night vision, listening devices, and requests for information should cause a heightened sense of concern.
- Unusual activities. This could be people acting furtively and suspiciously. Avoiding eye contact or departing quickly when seen. Someone who appears to be concealing something, attempts to gain access or are someplace they don’t belong. People in places where there isn’t a reasonable explanation why they are there or doing some activity that doesn’t fit the area. Pouring 50 gallon drums into a lake, unloading multiple propane bottles into a garage, inappropriate use of cameras, videos, night vision scopes, carrying or wearing unusual items for the setting, location or season such as bulky clothes when it is hot. It could be the presence of military type weapons, equipment, or uniforms that are obviously not part of military or police activity. Explosions or automatic weapons fire, particularly in rural areas, may indicate practice runs, testing, or training.
- Unusually strong smells, particularly ammonia, fuel oil, or propane, near buildings or vehicles may indicated bomb making. Leaks from storage areas on vehicles, especially when obviously not engine or gas tank related.
- Other suspicious events or activities such as unexplained false burglar or fire alarms, prank calls for bomb threats etc may indicate someone testing security or emergency response. Fake license plates, inflammatory bumper stickers, posted notices, literature; mailed, handed out, or placed in mailboxes or on cars can all be indicators of activity in your area. Someone asking you to watch, hold, transport, or deliver luggage and packages for them.
For more information, visit www.dhs.alabama.gov.
"See something, say something!"
Alabama citizens should provide terrorism related tips to their local law enforcement agencies.
You may report suspected terrorism by calling the following tip line provided by the US Attorney.
You may also report suspected terrorism or criminal activity to the FBI. Click this link to fill out an online form.