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Terrorism threat to Spokane, or any other community.

  • Terrorism is the 9th most likely disaster to occur in the Inland Northwest.

  • FBI Director James Comey says ISIS is a bigger threat to the U.S. than al Qaeda.  ISIS (also referred to as ISIL) inspires troubled Americans to violence.  He is deeply concerned about the impact of the Islamic State’s effort to inspire terrorist violence. 

    The FBI Director said that the threat of ISIS on U.S. soil keeps him up at night, and it's a threat that eclipses al Qaeda, CBS News correspondent Paula Reid reports.

    The U.S. has tracked dozens of Americans, ranging in age from 18 to 62, who have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight with the Islamic State group.  They have influenced a significant but unknown number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can't travel to the Middle East to "kill where you are.”   This is a major concern. 

    The people the Islamic State is trying to reach
    are people that al Qaeda would never use as an operative, because they are often unstable, depressed, troubled drug users.”

    Comey said that ISIS "is not your parent's al Qaeda.
    It is a very different model. By virtue of that model it is currently the threat we are worried about in the homeland most of all. ISIL is buzzing on your hip. That message is being pushed all day long, and if you wanna talk to a terrorist, they're right there on Twitter, direct-messaging for you to communicate with."

    Hundreds of FBI investigations have been opened, across all 50 states, focusing on targets who have received messages from ISIS and may act upon them.

    "I worry very much about what I can't see,"
    Comey added, because he said Islamic State group recruiters use encrypted communication software to avoid U.S. eavesdropping.   

    (ISIS Threat Intensifies, FBI Director James Comey, speaking at the July 22, 2015 Aspen Security Forum, July 23, 2015, CBS This Morning)

  • (Speaking on the arms trade)  "Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade."  (Pope Francis' address to Congress, September 24, 2015)

What You Can Do
  • If you see something unusual, say something!  If you see someone who is spending more time looking at police and surveillance cameras, rather than the event you are attending, tell someone.  They may be a terrorist. 
  • When the nation is “on alert,” be watchful in large crowds and high-profile landmarks for unusual behavior, unattended packages, emergency exits, location of staircases, and location of heavy and breakable objects that could fall or break in an explosion.
  • Keep emergency items on each floor of multi-level buildings—battery operated radio, several flashlights, extra batteries, 1st aid kit and manual, and several hard hats. 

  • Stay clear of areas surrounding suspicious packages during a bomb threat.
  • If trapped after an explosion, stay in your area.   Cover your mouth with a cloth, and tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear you.  (Shout only as a last resort, since shouting could cause inhaling dangerous amounts of dust.)
  • Wait for instructions from local officials before donating food or clothing.  They need time and facilities to be set up first before distribution, or the donations may go to waste.  

Additional Resources

Report any criminal or terrorism activity to any law enforcement agency in Spokane.

For a listing of local agencies:  http://spokanecares.org/index.php?c_ref=545

FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
(509) 747-5195  - Spokane office
1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-800-225-5324 - National office
Call to report possible terrorism information

Spokane County’s Emergency Management Program