Terrorism is defined as the deliberate use of violence or force against people or property with the intent to disrupt economic well-being, create fear, diminish confidence in the government and cause injury or death. It can be committed by an individual or a group within or outside of the U.S. Often terrorism is spurred by religious, political or ideological beliefs and can have an immediate impact or planned for a delayed, long-term impact. Some common targets are public events, infrastructure, and agriculture.
If you see something, say something! 1-866-SAFE-NYS

NYS Terrorism Tips Hotline: (1-866-723-3697)
New York City: 1-888-NYC-SAFE

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NYS Office of Counter Terrorism  – coordinating counter-terrorism prevention, preparedness and response strategies and provide training to emergency responders and other interested residents.  Community members can play an important role in preventing terrorism.  Read more about actions to take in:

Homeland Security Advisory System – learn about the National Terrorism Advisory System

Food Defense and Emergency Response -US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Terrorism – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Bioterrorism Information​ – the deliberate release of biological agents (bacteria and viruses) to cause illness and death in people, plants and animals. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Survey Results

Spontaneous Evacuation Following a Dirty Bomb or Pandemic Influenza (2007) – Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Results from a national survey of urban residents’ intended behaviors related to the above events.

Residential Location Preferences in New York State – results from a 2004 study examining whether the threat of terrorism influences where people would like to live in NYS. Cornell University.


Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violoence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do Children are very sensitive. They struggle to make sense of trauma. They also respond differently to traumas. They may have emotional reactions. They may hurt deeply. They may find it hard to recover from frightening experiences. They need support. Adult helpers can provide this support. This may help children resolve emotional problems.

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Highprofile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about theirfears.

Document has been translated to accommodate parents who do not speak English.

Save the Children: How to Help Children Cope with a Crisis A list of things a parent can do.