Monday, May 2, 2011

Never Forget to Report Suspicious Activities

Yesterday was a historic day as news spread like wildfire about the death of Osama Bin Laden; however, it is important to remember that terrorism is ideology-based which means that the death of one man does not eradicate a lifetime of commitment to beliefs in ideas that may threaten the open and democratic way of life we enjoy here in the United States.

Today, and everyday, we encourage people to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.  Acts of terrorism can take many years to organize and are undoubtedly already in the planning stages.  It is important that each of us are attentive to our surroundings and take the initiative to report things that are suspicious.  
If you encounter suspicious activities, you can report them online to the Washington State Fusion Center at 

The types of behaviors that we should all be mindful of include:
  • Eliciting Information
  • Intrusion or Attempted Intrusion
  • False Identification
  • Photography of sensitive locations
  • Observation
  • Theft
  • Sabotage / Vandalism
  • Cyber Attack
  • Expressed Threat
  • Flyovers of close proximity
  • Weapons Discovery
  • Other Behaviors that pose a security risk
If the suspicious situation presents an immediate concern to life and safety of individuals nearby, immediately call 9-1-1 

But, if the suspicious does not immediately pose a life or safety risk, you can report what you see directly to the Washington State Fusion Center in the following ways:
  1. Call 1-877-843-9522
  2. Email
  3. Fill out the online form at
Remember, ordinary people can stop extraordinary events like terrorism.

Our thanks goes out to the brave men and women who serve this country in our nation's military.  We also take a moment to pay our dearest respect to the families who have been touched forever by the events of 9/11/2001.  We will never forget nor will be able to repay the losses that have been experienced.  It is only through our continued vigilance and work together, as a community, that we can build a strong and safer tomorrow.

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