First responders: While you enjoy the upcoming July Fourth festivities, please remain aware of any suspicious activity and report it if you do.
Currently, there are no specific, credible threats, but foreign and domestic extremists see mass gatherings as prime targets, especially national or religious holidays.
The following are examples of suspicious activities and should be reported:
- Stolen explosives, fireworks, chemicals, uniforms, access cards or keys.
- Unattended packages, bags or boxes.
- Extended or repeated surveillance of an area or building.
- Someone asking questions about security, shift changes or operations.
- False or diversionary emergency calls.
- Someone dressed in clothing not appropriate to the weather.
The Department of Homeland Security's If You See Something, Say Something campaign provides information to first responders and the public about what to look for and who to report it to. You can also find a series of videos to test your attention to detail.
There is still time to have employees take the Nationwide SAR Initiative's free online Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) training. This training is specifically for fire/EMS, emergency management, PSAP/911 dispatchers, private security and public health/healthcare. You can also find resources on SAR reporting.
In the news
In 2018, the FBI arrested a man who was planning to detonate a bomb in downtown Cleveland during July Fourth celebrations. He was allegedly plotting to help al-Qaida.