Homeland Security

The events of September 11, 2001, and the possibility of threats to the safety and security of Alachua County residents, public and private property and local institutions have raised concerns. Preparing for possible terrorist attacks is not just a job for local government.  Everyone should begin steps to prepare themselves and their families for any emergency.  Alachua County Emergency Management recommends everyone take the following three steps:  1) prepare a family emergency plan, 2) assemble a disaster supply kit and 3) be informed about the different types of terrorist threats.

National Terrorism Advisory System

The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office iWatch

iWatch is a community awareness program created to help educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism. This program is a community program to help your area stay safe from terrorism.

To report suspicious activity or to learn more about iWatch, click here.

1) Get A Plan

You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Terrorists could strike quickly and without warning. Help in preparing a family emergency plan is available from the following sources:

2) Get a Disaster Supply Kit

Following a terrorist incident, routine services and utilities could be interrupted. It is import for each individual and family to have a disaster supply kit prepared, before an emergency occurs. Each kit should contain enough supplies for 72-96 hours. A disaster supply kit includes the following six basic items: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special needs items. Help in preparing a disaster supply kit is avaliable from the following sources:

3) Be Informed

Threats posed by terrorist can come in many forms. Actions taken to respond during an emergency can depend on the hazards of each threat. Learn more about the different types of terrorist threats and what to do if one were to occur:

  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Department of Homeland Security
    • Preparing Makes Sense, Get Ready Now (PDF)
  • Florida Initiative Against Homeland Terrorism
    • How Should Florida Prepare for Terrorism (PDF)
4) Be Involved

One way to be prepared and to fight terrorism is to volunteer in your local community. Several opportunities are available which will help both you and your family learn about emergencies and prepare our neighborhoods. One program which assists local responders and provide members with disaster skills are the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Additional information about other opportunities is available from the following organizations: