While there have not been any successful acts of terrorism committed in South Carolina in recent years, the state has many critical and high-profile facilities, high concentrations of population and other potentially-attractive venues for terrorist activity that are inherently vulnerable to a variety of terrorist methods.

Governmental, transportation, commercial, infrastructure, cultural, academic, research, military, athletic and other activities and facilities constitute ideal targets for terrorist attacks which may cause catastrophic levels of property and environmental damage, injury and loss of life.

Terrorist attacks may take the form of other hazards described in this section when incidents of these types are executed for criminal purposes, such as induced dam or levee failures, the use of hazardous materials to injure or kill, or the use of biological weapons to create an epidemic.

Preparing for a Terrorist Incident
  • Create an emergency communications plan. Choose an out-of-town contact that family members can call after an incident to report on their whereabouts and condition.
  • Have an emergency preparedness kit ready to take with you if asked to evacuate.
  • Check on the school emergency plan of any school-aged children you may have.
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. You should promptly report unusual behavior, suspicious or unattended packages and strange devices to the police or security personnel.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency.
  • If an incident occurs, listen to your local radio or television for the latest news and instructions.
  • If an incident occurs near you or your home, check for injuries. Give first aid and help those who are injured.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.
  • If asked to evacuate, secure your home and take your pets with you.
  • Notify your family contact and tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities.

Additional Terrorism Resources