September 9, 2011 - Official Statement: No Known Threat to Michigan - Citizens Urged to be Vigilant and Report Suspicious Behavior
Statement by Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue
Michigan State Police Director and
State Homeland Security Advisor
LANSING. As a result of yesterday's announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reference potential terrorist threats to New York City and Washington, DC, law enforcement officials in Michigan are monitoring the ongoing situation and keeping in continual contact with federal homeland security officials through the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center for Homeland Security (MIOC).
At this point, there is no known threat to Michigan, but given the potential for terrorist activity around the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is more important than ever for citizens to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or behavior to law enforcement.
Homeland security is a shared responsibility, and the public plays an important role in helping to keep our communities safe and secure. Citizens are reminded to be on the lookout for the seven signs of terrorism: surveillance, elicitation, tests of security, acquiring supplies, suspicious persons out of place, dry run/trial run and deploying assets.
If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, report suspicious activity by phone at 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847), online at http://michigan.gov/michtip or by contacting law enforcement.
In the event there is any heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States, citizens will be alerted through the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), which is overseen by DHS. DHS will issue any NTAS alerts via the news media, social media tools and online at www.dhs.gov/NTASalerts.
For additional information about indicators of suspicious activity, visit www.michigan.gov/mioc.
MSP Public Affairs
Phone: (517) 241-0955
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
Phone: (517) 336-6464