No, there's nothing imminent, but the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDSHS) is reminding Tennesseans that it is National Preparedness Month. The department issued a press release today that encourages citizens to remain vigilant and is calling this year's theme, "You Can Be the Hero."
TDSHS Commissioner Bill Gibbons said: "As we near the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, we still remember the heroic acts of first responders and citizens on that day. We witnessed that same heroism earlier this year during the Boston Marathon. We know from experience that terrorism is a real part of our lives today, and an attack can happen suddenly and without warning. It’s important for citizens to become as prepared as possible for terrorist hazards and ‘be the hero’ in their homes, communities and state."
The release said that terrorist "hazards" can include biological and chemical threats, explosions, cyber attacks, and nuclear blasts. It said that one of the first steps is to decide whether to stay in place or get away.
"Citizens are as much a part of securing the homeland as we are," TDSHS Assistant Commissioner Purkey said. "We count on people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or unattended packages or devices to local law enforcement. The most important advice we can share is if you see something, say something."
If You See Something, Say Something is a phrase promoted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Purkey added, "We are also urging citizens to remain informed about how they will be notified of a disaster as methods may vary from community to community. And everyone should know if an emergency plan exists at places where their families spend time."
There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Tennessee that this writer can remember, but there are natural and man-made disasters that do occur. And it is important to have a plan and supplies in case something does occur.