Ten years ago this Sunday, September 11 exploded with vivid, horrific images of the attacks on New York City's World Trade Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a farm field near Shanksville, Pa. This afternoon, Maryland Ag Secretary Buddy Hance issued an alert for farmers to be on the lookout for suspicious activities. If you see something unusual in your surroundings, report it to your local law enforcements officials.
Note: As of this writing, there is no terrorism alert as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Terrorism Advisory System.
"With the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 approaching, this is a good time to remind farmers and agribusinesses of on-farm biosecurity measures and to double check that they are in place," says Hance. "Farmers and agribusinesses need to remain alert and vigilant in implementing routine security measures."
Farmers should maintain biosecurity procedures to protect the health of livestock by taking common sense precautions to prevent the transmission of disease.
Agribusinesses, especially those who sell, distribute, transport, store, or apply pesticides and fertilizer, should review their security risks, needs and heighten their critical security control points. Should you experience a breach in security, pesticide or application equipment theft or if suspicious activity occurs, you should report these incidents to your local police department.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with Maryland Law Enforcement agencies advises that homeland security begins with hometown security. Public alerts play a critical role in keeping our nation safe.
So, if you see something, say something. Report any and all suspicious behaviors and situations to local law enforcement. In Maryland, Report Homeland Security threats to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center at 1-800-492-TIPS.
Police and emergency management officials ask that citizens familiarize themselves with the Department of Homeland Security's National Terrorism Advisory System, which replaces the former color-coded alert system. You can find information on the terror alert system at: www.dhs.gov