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 Terrorism 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Introduction
It is difficult to imagine the possibility of terrorist activity on the campus of Slippery Rock University. However, the proximity of the local Middle School and High School to the SRU campus presents an extraordinary opportunity for terrorist to strike three (3) soft targets with one event, thus creating a new reign of terror in small town America.
Although this scenario seems highly unlikely and unimaginable, the possibility of terrorist-like activity on a campus setting has existed long before the events of September 11th, 2001. Additionally, our operations at SRU could be impacted by acts of terrorism elsewhere. For example, the SRU campus is an evacuation point in the event of a nuclear incident at the region’s power plant. In addition, a portion of our campus may need to be used to provide emergency services to the Western Pennsylvania community for another type of emergency, or incidents outside our immediate region could affect our communications or service vendors.
However, there is little a University can do to prevent or completely prepare for terrorist activity. The best preparation is to review the Emergency Operations Plan and make certain everyone is aware of proper policies and procedures. This can be obtained through the education, training, and exercises of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Program and ensuring that all faculty, staff, and students of SRU understand their responsibilities in a possible emergency.

Note:
If you suspect a credible threat exists based on your own observations or conversations that you have overheard, contact the SRU Police Department at the following:   
 

                                Slippery Rock University Police

Campus phone:  ext. 3333  
Public phone:  724-738-3333


Definition
Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion or ransom. Terrorists often use threats to create fear among the public, to try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes.
Acts of terrorism can 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. High-risk targets include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers.
They are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail. In the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events described in this plan.

Precautionary Measures
• Wherever you are, be aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism suggests there may be little or no warning.
• 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. Notice where exits are when you enter unfamiliar buildings. Plan how to get out of a building, subway or congested public area or traffic. Note where staircases are located. Notice heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion.
• Assemble a disaster supply kit at home and learn first aid. Separate the supplies you would take if you had to evacuate quickly, and put them in a backpack or container, ready to go.
• Be familiar with different types of fire extinguishers and how to locate them. Know the location and availability of hard hats in buildings in which you spend a lot of time.

Potential signals of Terrorism
The following are examples of items that should be considered a potentially legitimate threat. This list is NOT meant to be all-inclusive. Discretion and common sense should be employed when assessing these types of situations.
• An individual(s) makes a specific threat (says they have a device with a contaminate that they intend to, or have, disperse (d) into the area or into food/water being consumed.)
• An individual(s) in an area intentionally disperses something into the air using a mechanical device (with or without any communication or threat)
• A package or other article is discovered that has specific wording or other identification on it: identification of bomb or contaminate within; has threats or threatening wording on it; hate, or anti-American sentiments on it (e.g., Anthrax, explosives, “you will die . . .,” etc.). An abandoned package is discovered that is ticking or leaking a suspicious substance.
• People in an area begin to complain of similar symptoms that have come on them suddenly (may be a potential chemical assault or accidental release of chemical irritant).
• Telephoned threat of a chemical or biological assault. [This should be handled in the same manner as a bomb threat and will not constitute an immediate evacuation of the building – follow bomb threat procedures and call University Police -- unless other indicators are present as well (i.e., coincides with one or more of the other conditions previously identified.)]

If any individual(s) encounters any one of these situations or something one deems a potential threat they must call the University at:
Slippery Rock University Police

Campus phone:  ext. 3333  
Public phone:  724-738-3333