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FOREWORDThis guide is designed to assist in making you and your family less vulnerable toterrorists. You should review its contents and incorporate protective measures applicableto your particular situation. It is important that you ensure allMoreFOREWORDThis guide is designed to assist in making you and your family less vulnerable toterrorists. You should review its contents and incorporate protective measures applicableto your particular situation. It is important that you ensure all members of your familyare made aware ofthis valuable information so they not only protect themselves, but alsobecome an integral part of the overall community force protection effort.Terrorists generate fear through intimidation, coercion, and acts of violence such asbombings, hijackings, or kidnappings. As recent events have shown, terrorists havereached new levels of organization, sophistication, and violence, often targeting membersof the Department of Defense and their families. Their tactics and techniques are alsocontinually changing and will continue to be a challenge to predict and neutralize.Accordingly, we must remain vigilant.You and your family are a vital, yet vulnerable military resource. Use of this guide andthese proven security habits will not ensure immunity from terrorist attacks but shouldreduce the possibility of becoming a target. Defensive awareness and personal securityare responsibilities of everyone assigned to the Department of Defense. Your overallawareness will not only help to protect your family but will also increase the security ofall members of the military family.General Security ChecklistKeep a low profile. Your dress, conduct, and mannerisms should not attract attention.Make an effort to blend into the local environment. Avoid publicity and do not goout in large groups. Stay away from civil disturbances and demonstrations.Be unpredictable. Vary daily routines, such as your route to and from work and thetime you leave and return home. Vary the way you dress. Do not exercise at thesame time and place each day. Never exercise alone, on deserted streets or countryroads. Let people close to you know where you are going, what you will be doing,and when you should be back.Be alert for anything suspicious or out of place. Do not give personal informationover the telephone. If you think you are being followed, go to a pre-selected securearea such as a military base or police station. Immediately report the incident to themilitary police, security forces, or law enforcement agencies. In overseas areaswithout such agencies, report suspicious incidents to the security officer or themilitary attaché at the U.S. Embassy. Instruct your family and associates not toprovide strangers with information about you or your family.Avoid giving unnecessary personal details to anyone unless his or her identity can beverified.Report all suspicious persons loitering near your office or in unauthorized areas.Attempt to provide a complete description of the person and/or vehicle to police orsecurity personnel. Consider taking a photograph of the person if it can be donediscreetly.Advise associates or family members of your destination and anticipated time ofarrival when leaving the office or home.Do not open doors to strangers and report unsolicited contacts to authorities. Refuseto meet with strangers outside your work place.Pre-program cell phones or memorize key phone numbers -- office, home, police,security, etc.Be cautious about giving out information regarding family travel plans or securitymeasures and procedures.