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May 2, 2011 - Official Statement: Remain Vigilant Following Death of Osama bin Laden

Statement by Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue
Michigan State Police Director and
State Homeland Security Advisor

LANSING. Michigan continues to monitor the ongoing situation and remains in contact with federal homeland security officials through the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center for Homeland Security (MIOC).  At this point, there is not any known threat to Michigan.

Given the uncertainty and potential volatility following the death of Osama bin Laden, it is now more important than ever for citizens to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or behavior to law enforcement officials.

The public plays a critical role in partnering with public safety officials to prevent, respond to, and recover from all potential threats and acts of violence.  Citizens are reminded to be on the look out 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 any suspicious activity to Michigan officials by phone at 1-855-MICHTIP (855-642-4847), online at http://michigan.gov/michtip or contact your local law enforcement officials. 

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, or NTAS, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Ms. Tiffany Brown
MSP Public Affairs
(517) 241-0970

Ms. Nicole Lisabeth
MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
(517) 242-3810

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