The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently launched three videos that provide key steps to recognize suspicious activity and take appropriate action to prevent a bombing event. The free videos were developed by CISA's Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) and are available on YouTube. They provide real-life scenarios that are readily relatable to emergency service providers and their stakeholders. The videos include:
Be Vigilant – Vigilant Neighbor – A young woman realizes her neighbors have recently shown signs of suspicious behavior that led to the local high school bombing event. She reports her neighbors to the authorities, leading to their arrest.
Be Vigilant – Vigilant Manager – Mike, a store manager, realizes he could have prevented the high school bombing event by reporting the recently stolen items from his inventory.
Be Vigilant – Vigilant Employee – Two employees recall a customer who requested to purchase more chemicals than usual and behaved suspiciously. Had these employees known about the possible nefarious usage of the products in their store, they could have reported the suspicious purchases and prevented the bombing attack.
CISA provides many counter-IED and risk mitigation training courses that include in-person mobile trainings, web-based Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), and Independent Study Training (IST) courses that highlight some of the same lessons found in the videos. CISA offers its VILT and IST courses for free at https://cdp.dhs.gov/obp.