Terrorism / Bomb Threat

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National Terrorism Advisory System

The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) has replaced its color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The new system is designed to more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats. Details about the NTAS system can be found online here.


TerrorismThe best way to combat terrorism is to arm yourself with accurate information and basic emergency preparedness to face a wide variety of threats. It is important that you remain calm and think critically, be vigilant, and follow instructions from local officials.

If there is a terrorist attack in Greensboro:

  • Stay calm.
  • Be alert. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for falling debris or additional attacks.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency service personnel in the area.
  • If you are at home or at work, listen to local TV and radio for instructions and travel information.

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Ask the caller the following questions:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is the bomb right now?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What does the bomb look like?
    • Why did you place the bomb?
    • Where are you calling from?
    • Record the exact time and length of the call.
    • Write down the exact words of the caller.
    • Listen carefully to the caller's voice and background noise.
    • After you hang up, call 911 immediately from a hard-wired telephone - do not use cell phones to report a bomb threat.


If you see something, say something. Whether you are on a bus, train, plane or are just walking around town, if you see something suspicious or if something just does not seem right, notify the authorities.