7 Ways to Help Prevent Terrorism on Farms

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery September 25, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

YOU can help prevent terrorist acts.  Agriculture is listed as a critical infrastructure in the USA Patriot Act .

Critical infrastructure means systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on national security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters. -  Critical Infrastructures Protection Act of 2001 (USA Patriot Act of 2001) Public Law 107-56

Some activities that could indicate terrorist planning:

  1. Security camera.Surveillance
    Has anyone been watching and noting farm or community activities using cameras, maps, binoculars, etc.?
  2. Suspicious Questions
    Has anyone tried to get information about farm operations or personnel in person, by phone, mail, e-mail, etc.?
  3. Testing Farm Security
    Has anyone tried to break into farm buildings or facilities?
  4. Obtaining Supplies
    Has anyone tried to obtain fertilizers, pesticides or other farm chemicals?
  5. Suspicious Persons
    Have you seen anyone around the farm who does not belong in the area?
  6. Dry Runs
    Have you seen anyone doing things like mapping routes, practicing group maneuvers, monitoring traffic or other suspicious activities?
  7. Stockpiles
    Have you found abandoned vehicles or suspicious materials stockpiled on the farm? Have you found supplies, such as fertilizers, stored in areas where they aren't normally stored?

Call 911 or local law enforcement authorities about suspicious activities before you try to rationalize what is happening. If something doesn’t “feel” right, report it.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.